TRAVIS COUNTY ESD No. 2, THE PFLUGERVILLE FIRE DEPT.  RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT

Friday, September 25th, 2020

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Assistant Fire Chief Nick Perkins

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TRAVIS COUNTY ESD No. 2, THE PFLUGERVILLE FIRE DEPT.  RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT

 

PFLUGERVILLE, TX – Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 (ESD2), The Pflugerville Fire Department,  was notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today that they have been awarded an FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $1.2 million in federal funding.

The grant is for medical physical exams for firefighters and is a regional project.  ESD2, along with seven other fire departments in the region are a part of the grant including over 500 firefighters who will benefit from the grant.  These departments are in Bell, Travis and Williamson counties.

Health and wellness programs are proven tools that reduce the likelihood of a firefighter having an adverse medical event while performing their jobs.  The added benefit of early detection of potential medical problems can actually prevent line of duty deaths.  Physical exams, when coupled with wellness programs, reduce workman’s compensation claims.  There is also the obvious benefit of improving the quality of life for firefighters.  “This is a stressful job, and our firefighters are up against a lot every day they come to work; from the demands of physical fitness, potential exposure to harmful carcinogens, to frequently seeing some really bad stuff.  The ability to support and better equip them to handle those stressors is a big deal and it makes a difference”, said Assistant Fire Chief Perkins.

FEMA grants are specific and narrow in focus.  The focus of the FEMA AFG program is enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.  Protecting firefighter health is a large contributor to enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters themselves.  ESD2 submits for federal grants every year and has had a high degree of success in obtaining these grants.  “It’s a team effort, and our Finance Director Jessica Frazier deserves a lot of credit for securing these funds for the District and the area”, said Perkins.   Under Fire Chief Ron Moellenberg’s leadership ESD2 has a long history of working collaboratively to bring agencies together and to improve emergency service for the public regionally.

The grant period will begin October 1, 2020 and run through 2021.  For more questions contact Assistant Fire Chief Nick Perkins.

 

 

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Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2, a grassroots government, funds and operates the Pflugerville Fire Department, which provides fire protection and emergency medical response, including ambulance transport, to more than 140,000 people in northeastern Travis County.

For more information, please visit www.pflugervillefire.org