March 01, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces Truckee Meadows Fire Chief as Virtual Guest for State of the Union

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced Charles Moore, Fire Chief for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, as her virtual guest for President Biden’s State of the Union speech. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed this year included the Senator’s legislation to deploy wildfire detection equipment, and it also includes funds the Senator secured to support prevention, suppression, and restoration activities.

“As Nevada’s fire seasons become longer and more intense, I’ve made it a priority to deliver comprehensive support to fire departments across the state,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “When crafting the infrastructure package, I worked to ensure that it included dedicated funding to help Nevada fire departments combat and prevent wildfires, upgrade equipment, and support their staff.  I’m honored to have Fire Chief Moore as my virtual guest for tonight’s speech, and I’ll continue working to provide all of Nevada’s brave firefighters with the resources they need to keep our communities safe.”

“Senator Cortez Masto has been an advocate for Nevada’s firefighters, and she has been instrumental in delivering federal resources to help departments across the state prevent wildfires and combat those that do spark. The funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law will go a long way to advance Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District’s critical fire prevention and suppression efforts in Northern Nevada,” said Chief Moore. “I’m glad to join Senator Cortez Masto as her virtual guest and look forward to continuing to discuss the ways we can work together.”

Senator Cortez Masto is a champion in the Senate for Nevada firefighters and has led federal efforts combat devastating wildfires. The senator helped secure over $3.4 billion for wildfire prevention, suppression, and restoration activities in the bipartisan infrastructure bill, including $10 million she authored for wildfire detection equipment. This year she also introduced her comprehensive Western Wildfire Support Act to help prevent, respond to, and recover from wildfires. Senator Cortez Masto has repeatedly called for the federal government to do more to support Western states affected by fire, and regularly hosts conversations with local leaders to better understand how she can best help Nevada’s fire professionals. During her time in the Senate, Cortez Masto has consistently advocated for and secured federal dollars for Nevada fire departments in every county.