Dallas to receive $ 845,000 federal grant for personal protective equipment for firefighters – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The city of Dallas has received a federal grant of more than $ 845,000 to strengthen the operations and security of Dallas Fire Rescue in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Senator John Cornyn, the funding was earmarked by the CARES Act and comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Firefighter Assistance Grant program.

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The objective of the grant is to strengthen the overall level of preparedness and capacity of the country to respond to fires and related hazards.

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“Firefighters are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe and they deserve every resource they can get,” said Cornyn.

DFR will use the grant money to purchase personal protective equipment and related supplies.

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As of June 29, the DFR reports that a total of 46 firefighters and civilian employees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Of those, 25 have fully recovered and returned to work, and dozens more are in quarantine for out-of-service exhibits.

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