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Cheyenne Fire Rescue receives go ahead for PPE relief

Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 10:54 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Good news is on the way for Laramie County first responders. The State Loan and Investment Board approved CARES Act funding for Cheyenne Fire Rescue. In early November Cheyenne’s Firefighters announced the department was set to receive a shipment of assorted protective gear and gadgets.

The Cheyenne firefighters say this funding is vital to the capabilities of the firefighters as COVID-19 concerns are on the rise. Wyoming’s State Attorney’s office approved Cheyenne Fire Rescue’s application for over $700,000 in CARES money consisting of UV disinfectant devices, improved medical equipment such as cardiac monitors and LUCAS devices, technological improvements for remote working and training, pull-over garments to improve the firefighters’ protection on medical calls, and numerous disposable P.P.E items.

“The COVID coveralls are pieces of mind and security that we wear when we go on calls and as soon as we get off the truck we can leave them outside in a dirty area and not worry about the threat of taking anything home. Not to mention isn’t going to have a negative effect on the city budget then why wouldn’t we ask for that relief,” Local 279 Union, Union President, Theron Haws said.

Thus far, firefighters say “currently there are six Cheyenne Fire Rescue firefighters on quarantine, and the exposures seem to continue each week with over 20 quarantined members during the pandemic.”

Local 279 Union President concluded while the approval of such funding has the firefighters’ excitement, Haws expressed that there will only be relief upon the delivery of the essential protective gear and equipment.

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