Frazee Fire Department Receives Grant for Decontamination Supplies
JT Thaden | Sep 2, 2020 AT 10:08 am
FRAZEE (KDLM) - The Frazee Fire Department has received a grant from the Carney Strong Initiative to supply the department with decontamination supplies.
The Carney Strong Initiative assists fire departments throughout the country with occupational cancer prevention through education and the donation of supplies. They particularly focus on smaller fire departments in rural locations.
"Thank you to Chief Nelson for doing his part of requesting the grant to keep the Frazee Firefighters safe," said a Carney Strong Initiative representative.
In October 2017, Battalion Chief Josh Carney passed away at age 41 from a brief but aggressive battle with Stage 4 Melanoma due to his occupation. To raise awareness of firefighter occupational cancer, his family partnered with Tonya Cronin, founder of Responder Wipes, to launch the Carney Strong Initiative. Working through the non-profit organization Brothers Helping Brothers, the initiative selects one small volunteer, combination, or paid fire department each month to provide firefighters with educational materials and decontamination products. Products donated to the departments are from Responder Wipes, Last Line of Cancer Defense, Solutions Safety Products & Services, Firewipes, and Firefighter Cancer Consultants.