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Rep. Cuellar Announces $80,340 in Assistance to Mission Firefighters

Funding will be utilized to meet emergency response needs and medical service associations

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U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $80,340 in Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) for the city of Mission. The funds will be utilized to purchase powered air purifying respirators (PAPR), utilized to filter out COVID-19 contaminants. Image source:   Facebook. Image for illustration proposes.
U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $80,340 in Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) for the city of Mission. The funds will be utilized to purchase powered air purifying respirators (PAPR), utilized to filter out COVID-19 contaminants. Image source: Facebook. Image for illustration proposes.

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Mission, TX — U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $80,340 in Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) for the city of Mission. The funds will be utilized to purchase powered air purifying respirators (PAPR), utilized to filter out COVID-19 contaminants.

Assistance to firefighters funds are utilized to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and personnel from fire related hazards.

“Fire safety grants fund critically needed resources to equip and train our emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies, and support community resilience. Providing these resources to our firefighters is paramount for the safety and prosperity of our community—leading to a more efficient service and faster response times to emergencies,” said Congressman Cuellar. “These funds not only benefit our community immensely, they also help us protect our firefighters and first responders who put their life on the line on a daily basis.  Thank you to our men and women who dedicate their lives to protect and serve the city of Mission and a special thank you to city of Mission Fire Chief Gilbert Sanchez for his leadership at the front of the department.”

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“On behalf of the City of Mission Fire Department, we express our sincere appreciation to Congressman Henry Cuellar for the support given for the 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program—COVID-19 Supplemental,” said Mission Fire Chief Gilbert Sanchez. “The federal funding received in the amount of $80,034 has given the Mission Fire Department the opportunity to purchase powered air purifying respirators (PAPR) to safeguard fire personnel by filtering out contaminants in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, our sincere appreciation from myself and my staff.” 

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.

Since 2001, AFG has awarded 1,887 awards, totaling $319,500,000.

For more information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program click here.

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