Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis visited the Panama City Beach Fire Department on Monday to announce the state will send $15,000 in grants through the Firefighter Cancer Decontamination Grant Program.
Patronis has advocated for increased funding for the program, which helps fire departments mitigate exposure to cancer-causing contaminants on equipment. In total, the grant program will award nearly $500,000 statewide.
The grant funding can be used for anything as small as hoods and gloves, to self-contained breathing apparatuses, extractors and vehicle exhaust systems.
Last week, Patronis announced a similar wave of grants for fire departments in the Central Florida area.
– Drew Wilson, Florida Politics