Grant for new bulletproof vests

WALDOBORO — The town of Waldoboro received a $1,200 Safety Enhancement Grant awarded by the Maine Municipal Association. The grant money will be used to purchase new bulletproof vests for three police officers.

The Safety Enhancement Grant and Scholarship Grant programs offer financial incentives to members of the Maine Municipal Association Workers Compensation Fund. These grants are used to purchase safety equipment or services that assist in reducing the frequency and severity of workplace injuries. Improving workplace safety for municipal employees saves taxpayers money by reducing lost hours at work, cost of insurance claims and overtime expenses for employees who might have to fill in for injured co-workers.

The Maine Municipal Association has been awarding safety grants to members of its Workers Compensation Fund since 1999. The grant program has assisted municipalities by bestowing more than $2.1 million through funding of 1,704 Safety Enhancement Grants and 337 Scholarship Grants.

Ed MacDonald, loss control manager for the Maine Municipal Association, said the program received 84 applications for this grant period and $77,966 was awarded. Grants are awarded in May and October each year.

Emergency workers to meet and learn

ROCKPORT — The 30th annual Mid-Coast EMS Seminar will be held at the Samoset Resort Wednesday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 14. Emergency medical technicians, paramedics and others that provide live-saving assistance will be in attendance at the conference, where a large variety of programs will help them upgrade their skills and learn about new methods and techniques.

For more information, contact seminar education coordinator L’Easa Blaylock at lecahtblond@aol.com.