The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Thursday the approval of $1.1 million to reimburse Nevada for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The large purchase of PPE was to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 for healthcare workers, first responders and state, county and tribal officials, according to a release from FEMA.
The funds helped purchase more than two million pieces of PPE, including N95 and surgical masks, gloves, face shields and hand sanitizer. The funding from FEMA covers all but $400,000 worth of PPE, which will be paid for via non-federal sources, FEMA said.
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PHOTO: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue announced budget cuts will impact funding for overtime pay designated to fill vacancies by those on vacation, sick leave, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and those injured while on the job.
According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, open positions will be filled using a pool system of unassigned employees known as rovers. Once rover positions are assigned, remaining slots can be filled using a limited amount of overtime funding.
If rovers and overtime funding have been exhausted, then the department will take up to four apparatuses out of service.
The Fourth of July holiday weekend will see no reductions from July 3 through July 5, the department said.
The City of Las Vegas said it is feeling the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. It has caused budget shortfalls in many departments that couldn't be entirely fixed by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
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Fire officials reported progress Wednesday fighting separate wildfires in the mountains near Las Vegas and on the edge of Reno, where a home was destroyed and hundreds of evacuations were ordered last weekend. The number of firefighters battling a more than 4-square-mile (10.4-square-kilometer) fire on Mount Charleston in southern Nevada grew to 420, incident spokesman Brandon Hampton said, and containment was estimated at 10%.
No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged in Lee and Kyle canyon hamlets home to several hundred residents and weekend visitors.
The fire started Sunday near a campground, and officials said the fire was caused by humans. They have not disclosed an exact cause.
In northern Nevada, containment was reported at 95% at the fire that had threatened neighborhoods on Peavine Mountain.
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