Staff Sgt. Akeem Greenidge, survey team chief of the 23rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, conducting a fit check of the N95 mask, during a training with the Virgin Islands Department of Health and VI National Guardsmen on orders to support Territorial Active Duty, March 27, 2020. (Photo by Sgt. Tyiesha Benjamin-Samuel/Virgin Islands National Guard, 51st Public Affairs Detachment)

IAFC Develops PPE Assessment Survey to Help Responders

The $2.2 trillion CARES Act is doing far too little to help the men and women of the fire and EMS service fighting on the front lines during this global pandemic. The IAFC continues to receive myriad reports of little or no PPE in your fire departments because of depleted inventories and decimated budgets because of overtime to cover those out sick and quarantined.

To help the IAFC make its best case to President Trump and Congress for additional federal funding, we have developed the IAFC COVID-19 PPE Readiness & Availability Assessment Survey. Completing the survey should take less than 10 minutes. It is critical that we arm ourselves with data and present it to our federal government representatives to clearly illustrate our desperate needs.

Specifically, in the letter to the president (pdf), the IAFC is requesting:

  • $5 billion for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFG) to support fire and EMS response to COVID-19.
  • $5 billion in special funding for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs to support fire and EMS response to COVID-19.

Please complete this survey by noon, Monday, April 20, and help us help you — the warriors at the tip of the spear. Thank you for all you do every day keeping our communities safe.

PPE Readiness & Availability Survey.

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