Congress Passes Stimulus Bill: What’s In It For Fire Chiefs
The Senate approved more than $163 billion designated to assist local fire and EMS departments as part of an economic stimulus package to safeguard the U.S. economy and help the nation respond effectively to the 2019 novel coronavirus and its resulting illness, COVID-19. The House is expected to pass the $2 trillion stimulus bill on Friday.
This bill includes multiple funding streams to reimburse fire and EMS departments for the costs of their operations:
The bill also attempts to address the shortage of needed emergency supplies:
Additionally, the bill addresses life-safety priorities:
The IAFC will continue to work to ensure that fire departments get the equipment and supplies needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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