Milton Police Department and Fire-Rescue Department acquire additional equipment through grants from the Milton First Responders Foundation.

According to a news release, "approximately $6,000 worth of equipment has been purchased" through the grant funding.

The equipment aims to promote "efficiency in the field and further protects the health of Milton's public safety personnel."

Milton First Responders Foundation, or MFRF, is a 501(c)3 is a board comprised of civic and business leaders who serve on a volunteer basis to provide support to the Milton Police and Fire employees and their families.

"MFRF is another great example of our citizens coming together to support their own," said Mayor Joe Lockwood.

"Several of our board members come from a long line of first responders and we know first-hand the sacrifices that public safety personnel make in service to the community," said Pinto.

Since their inception in 2015, MFRF has donated more than $67,000 in grants to the Milton Police and Fire-Rescue departments.

"Our work aims to support Milton's first responders, keeping them safe while they're selflessly serving our community," said MFRF Treasurer Robyn Pinto.

The recent grant funds purchased 36 particulate-barrier hoods for the Milton FD, which cover the head and neck areas of a firefighter, to better protect them from carcinogen and contaminant exposure "in the highly-permeable skin around the jaw-line and neck"

"Firefighters are at a higher risk for developing cancers due to large amounts of toxic chemicals" present in burning materials.

With this purchase, Milton firefighters now have a second hood to utilize.

"These hoods offer our firefighters even more protection when they encounter dangerous materials during a fire," said Milton Fire Chief Robert Edgar.

"The National Fire Protection Association came out with a new standard that recommends each firefighter have a second hood and, thanks to MFRF, we're able to provide that to each of our firefighters," said Edgar.

The Milton Police Department utilized their MFRF grant to purchase a Dataworks RapidID mobile fingerprint scanner.

The RapidID scanner will "assist the police department in the field, to verify identification and determine outstanding warrant status of individuals."

"With the portable fingerprint scanner, our law enforcement officers will have the capability to verify identity on the spot," said Milton Chief of Police Rich Austin.

Officers can utilize the information obtained to "determine if a person can be released on a citation for a minor offense or if an arrest is the more appropriate course of action."

"This scanner will certainly enhance efficiency in the field," said Austin

The cost of the scanner was estimated at $3,244.

"We're so thankful to have a local organization like MFRF, that generously supports our first responders," said Lockwood.

More information about Milton First Responder Foundation is available at www.miltonfirstresponders.org.

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