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Wexton Helps Secure FEMA Grant to Support Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System’s COVID-19 Response

Sterling, VA -- Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Award of $253,551.82 for Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System. The Grant would allow the department to purchase equipment and supplies to aid their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including individual PPE kits and decontamination systems for the approximately 1,500 firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.

Wexton’s office sent a letter to FEMA in support of Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System’s application for the Grant in May.

"Our firefighters and emergency services personnel are on the frontlines of COVID-19, serving our community 24/7 throughout this crisis,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “Ensuring our first responders have the resources and equipment they need to stay safe and healthy has been a top priority for me, and I’m pleased that FEMA has awarded the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System this grant to aid their lifesaving work during the pandemic. I’m continuing to fight for federal resources to support our local response to COVID-19 and to ensure those working on the frontlines have the protections and benefits that they deserve."

In May, Congresswoman Wexton voted for the bipartisan Heroes Act which would establish a $200 billion “Heroes’ Fund” that would provide hazard pay for the essential workers who have risked their lives during the pandemic. The Heroes Act would also provide over $12 billion in state funding for the Commonwealth of Virginia in addition to $1,315,309,347 in urgently needed funding for localities in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, funding that would help keep first responders on the job.