Pandemic Supplies Available for Volunteer Fire/EMS Departments



COVID-19 has had a significant impact on frontline first responders, including the volunteer fire and EMS community. To assist in the safety of these workers, FirstNet, Built with AT&T has teamed-up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to donate pandemic supplies to volunteer fire and EMS departments. Up to $900,000 worth of pandemic supplies will be awarded to volunteer departments.

Departments must request a minimum of $5,000 worth of supplies to be considered for the donation. Available supplies include vinyl gloves, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and reusable face coverings. To be eligible, departments must be over 50 percent volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, have an annual revenue less than $250,000, and demonstrate a need for the supplies.

“We thank the FirstNet Program at AT&T for their support of our nation’s volunteer firefighters and EMS providers through this donation,” said NVFC chair Steve Hirsch. “Many volunteer fire and EMS departments have limited budgets that they must stretch to cover their expenses. This donation will help resource-constrained departments get supplies they need to enhance the safety of their responders while being able to allocate the money they would have spent on these to secure other necessary resources.”

The application period is open from May 20-June 18. Recipients will be announced in July and August. 

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