Members of the Waldo County Confined Space Team recently received a financial boost from the Maine Municipal Association in the form of a grant that was used to pay for a supplied air system.

Searsport Fire Chief Jim Dittmeier announced that the town of Searsport has received a $2,000 grant from MMA, and that the money helped cover the cost of the equipment, which will be used by the WCCST.

The team is comprised of members from Stockton Springs, West Frankfort and Searsport, and the WCCST is currently training to use the new equipment. Once that training is done, Dittmeier said the team will be able to make rescues in almost any situation.

The team can respond to any confined space accident in Waldo County or in neighboring counties for which the team provides mutual aid.

After the team first formed in late 2009, Dittmeier explained that there are many workplaces with areas that fall under the definition of confined spaces. Confined spaces are considered such because their configuration hinders the activities of employees who must enter, work in and exit them.

A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels and pipelines.