National First Responders Day

News Release
For Immediate Release: 10/28/2022

Ilana Lewis, (402) 314-9172,

Lincoln – October 28 celebrates National First Responders Day in the United States. On this day we honor the brave men and women who run towards danger to save lives.  

First responders are at the frontlines of our communities ensuring our safety. Emergency medical officers help those in pain. Firefighters carry victims to safety. Emergency managers ensure sufficient resources are available. 911 dispatchers field emergency calls day and night, and law enforcement officers ensure the safety of our neighborhoods.

To help support these first responders, DHHS, through funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) committed funds for public safety and violence prevention, including millions of dollars to recruit and retain first responders, avoid public safety layoffs and purchase emergency vehicles and other equipment to keep our communities safe.

DHHS has $25 million in grants available to support rural emergency services.

A $5 million EMS Equipment grant is intended to provide funding for the one-time purchase of emergency medical equipment.

A $20 million Rural Ambulance Replacement grant is intended to assist EMS across Nebraska in replacing aging ambulance fleets.

These grants, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act LB 1014, are open to aid Nebraska-licensed EMS services. Applications for both grants will be open now through November 30. DHHS will begin announcing grant recipients in December.

“The first line of defense for effective public health in our state are the brave first responders who are the first to confront dangerous situations in our communities," said DHHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Anthone. “It is DHHS's responsibility to ensure they have the equipment and sufficient personnel available to help support them."

For more information and to apply for a grant, please visit https://dhhs.​

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