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Gov. Wolf: $50 Million in Grants Available to Support Fire and EMS Companies Negatively Affected by COVID-19

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: $50 Million in Grants Available to Support Fire and EMS Companies Negatively Affected by COVID-19 June 04, 2020center_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Office of State Fire Commissioner will be working to enact recent legislation to provide $50 million in direct financial relief to fire and emergency medical service (EMS) companies negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.“Since we began taking action to curtail the spread of COVID-19, our state’s fire and EMS companies have seen record-breaking call volume and fewer opportunities to raise funds,” Gov. Wolf said. “These grants will go a long way to support their heroic efforts amid a very difficult public health crisis that has created a financial burden for many of these companies.”“It has become a struggle just to keep the lights on for far too many of the companies that protect our communities,” State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego said. “I am pleased that our office can help get these funds out to the companies most in need.”Of the $50 million in funding set aside for this new program, $44 million will be made available to fire and rescue companies and the remaining $6 million will go to EMS companies. Though the legislation took immediate effect, the Office of State Fire Commissioner must now establish the protocols for application, review and disbursement of grant funds.In the coming weeks, detailed information about the program and instructions on how to apply will be available online at the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s website. Companies are advised to check back regularly for updated information.last_img read more

Turkish Owner Orders Tanker Duo in South Korea

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first_imgTurkish shipowner Yasa has placed an order for two tankers in South Korea, according to shipbrokers.Namely, the company signed shipbuilding agreements for the 158,000 dwt tanker duo with Daehan Shipbuilding Corporation in early November.According to a report from Intermodal, the company would pay around USD 61 million per unit.The Suezmax tankers, that would feature a length of 274 meters and a beam of 48 meters, are scheduled for delivery in January 2022.The units would reportedly be equipped with scrubbers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Two residents at Iowa Veterans Home test positive for COVID-19

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first_imgMARSHALLTOWN — The odds finally caught up with the largest long-term care facility in the state, as the Iowa Veterans Home now reports two positive cases of COVID-19 in residents.Commandant Timon Oujiri  says while the preferred number of cases is zero, having only two residents diagnosed is a testament to the staff. The two who tested positive were in two separate buildings that house a total of 16 residents.  “We were doing our dangest to keep it out of IVH all together, but unfortunately, as everybody knows this virus is pretty sneaky. It gets around,” Oujiri says. “One hand a couple of symptoms, the other one did not. Now we’ve tested everyone, the households that they were in. So the other 14 have come back negative, so that’s good.”In addition, 15 staff members tested positive for the virus out of 300 staffers tested. Oujiri took the step last week of closing off the I-V-H campus to the general public. “We did have a couple of community people come up and speak to our residents,” he says. “It was fantastic, it was great, but they weren’t wearing masks and we have no idea. We’re trying to control what we can control.”Oujiri says when it comes to opening the I-V-H back up, they will follow whatever federal and state guidelines are recommended.  “We don’t want to have the residents not have their families here either. It’s a hardship on them. It’s a hardship on us. It’s very, very difficult,” he says. “Now with spring here, we are getting our residents outside and I want to say thank you for the community on following my request that they don’t come on to campus.”Oujiri says Governor Reynolds and State Representative Mark Smith have done a wonderful job keeping the vets’ home stocked with the needed supplies. He says 4,000 gowns were due to be delivered on Monday.last_img read more