|Governor Sununu announced more aid to first responders and New Hampshire cities and towns. Firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical service workers will receive an extra stipend per week for being on the front lines of the Covid-19 response. This includes law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS that could potentially be exposed on a call and includes full-time, part-time, on-call, or volunteer members. The stipends will be good for an 8 week period. There are varying amounts, the details of which will be forthcoming.
“The point really being, whether we’re providing a stipend for our front-line workers in our long-term care facilities or our first responders, we’re doing everything we can to make sure those who are on the front lines, those that are putting themselves at risk throughout this COVID-19 crisis, we want to be there for them,” Sununu said.
The state has also allocated $40 million for cities, towns, and counties to cover costs related to COVID-19. The funds can be used for purposes such as paying for child care for first responders, for cleaning or modifying buildings, or for costs associated with working from home.