HENRY COUNTY, GA- September 3, 2020—The Henry County Board of Commissioners approved the Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $725,272 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the Henry County Fire Department at the September 1 Commission meeting.

Funds from this grant will purchase a direct source exhaust capturing system that aids in the elimination of diesel engine emission from the inside of the county’s 16 fire stations.

As stated in the resolution, the exhaust systems will help prevent occupation cancer as well as control exposure that aggravates chronic lung diseases like asthma and COPD.

According to Henry County Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Burnette this award will update all the fire department’s current stations and he explained how beneficial the project is to the health and safety of Henry County firefighters. 

“The direct source exhaust capturing system hooks directly to the exhaust on an apparatus, thus never allowing harmful exhaust fumes to enter the apparatus bay,” said Burnette. “Firefighters are exposed to many kinds of hazards throughout their career, however, exhaust fumes in the apparatus bay should not be one of them. Through this award, we now have the ability to eliminate this hazard and provide them with a healthier environment.”

Burnette further shared his gratitude and lauded fellow departments for their involvement.

“We were fortunate enough this year to receive this award. We would not have received this award if it were not for the help of several different county departments coming together to provide the information,” said Burnette. “This was truly a Team Henry approach but a special thanks goes to the Grants Administrators Office.” 

For more information on the Henry County Fire Department, visit henrycounty-ga.com/fire.