U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar.

U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar, speaking at the San Bernardino Mail Processing and Distribution Center in Redlands, calls the Posta;Service a pillar of our democracy.

Redlands Fire Chief Jim Topoleski

U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar announced Wednesday that the Redlands Fire Department received $34,081 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant COVID-19 Supplemental Program. The funding will be used to help the department purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect firefighters from contracting COVID-19. Equipment to be purchased includes, respiratory protection (N95 and P100 masks), protective gowns, eye coverings and more.

“During another unprecedented wildfire season, it’s more crucial than ever that our first responders have the PPE they need to safely do their jobs,” said Aguilar. “All personnel are remaining current with training and the day-to-day challenges this pandemic has posed to our department,” said Fire Chief Jim Topoleski. “Our Emergency Services Coordinator remains up-to-date with all statistics and recommendations put forth by health agencies and implements the appropriate measures for our departments EMS personnel. This aid will benefit our community by keeping our personnel safe and able to perform their jobs competently and efficiently.”