The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant FY 2016

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 9, 2017 4:26:00 AM

The application period for the SAFER grant FY 2016 will open on January 9th and end on the 10th of February 2017. One of three major grants that FEMA makes available to fire departments, the SAFER grant helps both professional and volunteer organizations with staffing so they have enough trained personnel to meet their communities’ needs as established by the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This year, a total of $345 million in federal funding for SAFER will be available.

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Topics: Fire Grants

Overcoming Interoperability - The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 4, 2017 4:00:00 AM

Interoperability!. Chances are, it is a term we don’t think about too much.  It is defined as the ability of a system to work smoothly and reciprocally with the equipment in another system.  In  times of crisis, interoperability between  first responders is critical.  Unfortunately, in many areas of the country, emergency personnel do not have  access to the broadband and cutting edge technology that consumers do.  Congressman Donald Payne Jr., who serves as Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, has asserted that enabling police, fire and medical services to use the same bandwidth in emergencies is among our biggest challenges.  Fortunately, there is a branch of The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the  Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) whose purpose is to conduct research into overcoming obstacles to  interoperability among emergency systems.  They are currently offering the NIST Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program to enhance the ability of public safety operations to protect the public through more sophisticated communication setups.

 

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Fire Grants, Telecommunications

Looking for Used Fire Fighting Equipment?  The FEPP and FPP Programs May Save You Money

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Nov 30, 2016 4:13:00 AM

There are two government programs, the Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) and The Firefighter Property Program (FPP) that allow surplus materials from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to be repurposed into firefighting equipment for state and local use. In both cases, the property passes through State Foresters who then distribute it to local agencies. Between both programs, over $150 million in former DOD inventory has been distributed between 2008 and 2012. Since the cost to acquire and refurbish a military truck is a few thousand dollars, but the cost of a brand new fire engine could run $150,000 or more, used equipment from these programs have the potential to save local fire departments considerable amounts of money.

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Topics: Fire Grants

The Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant (AFG) 2016

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 22, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Fall is time for the leaves to change, school to start and your Assistance to Fire Fighters (AFG) Grant applications put together and submitted.  The AFG application period starts on October 11, with the final due date of 5 PM EST November 18, 2016.  Regional workshops schedules to help applicants prepare for the grant have been announced. The self-evaluations, application guides and checklists are also available.

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Topics: Fire Grants

Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Application Period Opens April 4, 2016

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Mar 9, 2016 10:56:22 AM

The application period for the 2016 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) will open on Monday, April 4, and close on Friday, May 6. Part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) suite of programs, FP&S covers two different areas. The first is general fire prevention, and can include public education campaigns, arson and wildfire prevention/awareness, code enforcement, training, and risk assessment. The second area centers on comprehensive health, safety, and well-being for firefighters. Past awards have funded diverse research topics from stress reduction and sleep disorders to equipment evaluation. The total amount FEMA will make available for FP&S is $34 million, with each successful application being eligible for up to $1.5 million.

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Topics: Fire Grants, Grant News

Application Period for AFG 2015 Coming Soon

Posted by Beverly Browning on Oct 20, 2015 8:55:26 AM

This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is hosting a series of one-hour Adobe Connect webinars walking applicants through the FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application. The webinars will cover every section of the application. FEMA Fire Program Specialists will be available to answer your questions. The webinars will end after the second week of the open application period (specific dates TBA).

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Topics: Fire Grants

Grant Success Spotlight: Digital Fire Training System for Allen, TX

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 15, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Is your fire department/brigade looking to conduct fire training scenarios, but without the environmental and safety concerns of traditional live burns? A digital fire training system could be the solution.

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Topics: Local Government, Fire Grants, Grant News

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) FY2014 Is Here

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 3, 2014 4:00:00 AM

The application period for the FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) opens today, November 3, 2014, at 8:00 A.M. EST and closes on December 5, 2014, at 5:00 P.M. EST. Total funding available for FY2014 is $304,503,764, with the number of available awards set at 2,700.

The AFG program provides financial assistance to enhance the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel and to provide support for emergency responders regarding fire, medical, and all-hazard events. This year's objective is to award grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and SFTAs for critically needed resources to protect the public, train emergency personnel, foster interoperability, and support community resilience. Eligible activities requested that have an immediate impact on the safety of emergency responders, other personnel, or the public may receive additional consideration during the application review process.  Read More

Topics: Fire Grants

Are You Ready for AFG 2014?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jun 4, 2014 10:00:00 PM

Are you looking to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) this year? There are a few things your department should consider before jumping into the application process, so our FEMA grant writers set up a survey (scroll down) to get you thinking before the short, 30-day application window opens this fall.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Fire Grants

Grant News: Grow America Bill, AFG Awards, Grant Writing Session

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 6, 2014 9:51:00 AM

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Topics: Transportation, TIGER, Fire Grants, Grant News, Legislation