By MyFM's Rick Michaels - The Upton Fire Department has been awarded a state grant, to provide gear and equipment to limit firefighter's exposure to cancer causing chemicals on the job. State Senator Michael Moore and State Representative David Muradian making the announcement yesterday saying the the Firefighter Turnout Gear grant program will be providing firefighters in 144 departments in the state with new equipment, such as hoods and gloves as the head and hands are high-risk areas for dangerous chemicals to enter the body. Senator Moore who is co chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security says this equipment is critical to ensuring firefighters in Upton have additional layers of protection. Representative Muradian says in a profession where safety is of utmost importance, providing these men and women with effective gear is crucial. Replacing gear regularly is a financial burden, that most towns find challenging and Upton Fire Chief Mark DiFronzo says the $3,400 grant will help protect firefighters, not only from the immediate risks with fighting fires in dangerous environments but also from the delayed risk o occupational cancers, caused by exposure to the toxic chemicals produced during fires.