$50 million to support fire, rescue and EMS affected by COVID-19

Registration is now open and ends Aug. 7

State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego announced that the Office of State Fire Commissioner opened registration on July 6 for state grants aimed at providing direct financial relief to fire, rescue and emergency medical services (EMS) companies negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

“Fire, rescue and EMS companies throughout the state have struggled since the state began taking action to curtail the spread of COVID-19,” said Trego. “Increased operational tempo, and an inability to raise funds through community events have hit these organizations hard. The financial lifeline these grants provide will help hundreds of companies keep their lights on.”

Of the $50 million in funding set aside for this new program, $44 million will be made available to fire and rescue companies and the remaining $6 million will go to EMS companies. Grant funding must be used for operational and equipment expenses.

Additional guidance, including detailed registration instructions, are available here. The registration period for this grant program ends Aug. 7, at 4 p.m.