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COVID-19 Volunteer Emergency Responder Assistance Program

COVID-19 Volunteer Emergency Responder Assistance Program

This grant program provides funds to LARM members whose volunteer firefighters and rescue squad members are required to be in quarantine as a result of exposure in the line of duty to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

For purposes of this program, the terms volunteer firefighter and rescue squad member mean persons who have been approved and enrolled in those capacities by a LARM member, acting as the duly constituted authority in control of a volunteer department, in accordance with state law.

Any LARM member is eligible for a grant under this program if all of the following are true:

1.       The member is a member of LARM in good standing and the volunteer firefighter or member of the rescue squad is covered under LARM's Workers' Compensation Coverage.

2.       The volunteer firefighter or member of the rescue squad has been quarantined or required to self-quarantine by the LARM member, a law enforcement or governmental health authority, or a physician as a result of their exposure to COVID-19.   

          For each individual providing firefighting or rescue squad services to a LARM member who meets these criteria, LARM will pay $120 per day while the individual is actually quarantined, for a total of up to 10 days. Grant funds distributed must be paid by the member to the volunteer firefighter or rescue squad member. Proof of such payment may be required by LARM.

          Any member who wishes to request assistance under this program must do so through an online application made through the LARM website with sufficient detail to show eligibility for assistance and proof that the volunteer firefighter or rescue squad member was on the rolls of the member at the time of the exposure.  A member may apply for the grant at any point after the volunteer firefighter or rescue squad member has been quarantined.  A member may apply for this grant more than once in order to provide assistance to multiple volunteer firefighters or rescue squad members of the LARM member.  The total amount allotted by LARM to this program is $1,000,000.00.  Once those funds are paid, the program will be closed to further grants.  Grants will be processed and paid in the order that applications are received and approved by the LARM Administrator.

          If you have any questions about the program please contact Fred Wiebelhaus at fred.wiebelhaus@larmpool.org or 402-440-9129; or Diane Becker at diane.becker@larmpool.org or 402-314-6827; Dave Bos at dave.bos@larmpool.org  or 402-853-1055.

The criteria below is required and the box must be checked:
The criteria below is required and the box must be checked:
Please upload proof that the volunteer firefighter or rescue squad member was on the official roster of the village/city/rural fire district at the time of the exposure.
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