KISSIMMEE, Fla. — U.S. Congressman Darren Soto sent a letter to the Department of Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, and the Small Business Administration Administrator, Jovita Carranza, urging them to consider allowing local governments to use resources from the state stabilization fund to cover the overtime and hazard pay of first responders.
“First responders are at the front-line of the COVID-19 pandemic response. They are responding to historically high 9-11 call volume, often without the necessary personal protective equipment. They are in routine physical contact with potential infected persons and are directly exposed to the danger of the crisis,” wrote Soto. “This has resulted in widespread staff shortages and an increasing pressure for first responders to work extended hours.”
“Protecting first responders’ ability to work is critical to public health and safety. This is why I urge your full and fair consideration to allow local governments to use resources from the state stabilization fund to cover the overtime and hazard pay of first responders,” continued Soto. “First responders put their lives on the line day after day to ensure the health and safety of others. They must also be protected and covered to ensure that they can continue doing their essential jobs.”
The full text of the letter can be found here.