On Jan. 26, the Brooks Fire Department received the Safety and Health Award for Public Employers from the Maine Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Standards.

The SHAPE award was originally conceived in 2005 as a way to recognize public sector employers who are striving to provide a safe and healthful workplace for employees, according to a news release from the town of Brooks. This award is given only to exemplary employers after a thorough review and inspection of the employer’s Safety and Health Policies and Procedures by a Safety Works consultant.

Brooks Fire Department is one of only 16 fire departments to receive the SHAPE award since 2005.