Accomack County officials approve hazard pay for first responders
ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. – Accomack County officials have officially approved hazard pay funding for emergency responders in the area. On Wednesday, the Accomack County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to use funds from the federal Cares Act to pay firefighters, police officers, EMT’s and more an additional 2$ per hour. Officials say that money will be applied to the hours they worked between March 1st and June 30th. Officials add that providing this extra money is critical for those who put their lives on the line every single day.
“During a pandemic first responders don’t have the luxury of working from home or from behind plexiglass or even practicing social distancing. Jobs such as this require extreme courage and sacrifice and we should all be thankful that we have such a dedicated workforce as we do here in Accomack County,” said County Administrator, Mike Mason.
Officials say administrative personnel and dispatchers will not receive hazard pay because they don’t meet the criteria.