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AFG 2017: Tips for Success

The 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period is expected to open in the coming weeks. Some of the first workshops have already occurred. AFG is the major federal award that helps fire and EMS departments meet their basic needs by funding protective gear, equipment, vehicles, training and other necessary resources. To help you prepare, we

Fire-Adapted Communities: The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Program (CPAW)

Along with their devastating physical and psychological toll, the price tag for fighting wildfires keeps increasing. According to Headwater Economics, since 2002, the cost of federal wildfire protection and suppression has tripled to more than $3 billion per year. A separate federal report found that 44 million

Service Grants in Memory of 9/11

To commemorate the sixteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, we bring you two programs inspired by this national tragedy that encourage service to others as a way to remember the occasion.

Fire Department  Grants for Equipment and More: The Leary Foundation

On December 3, 1999, six firefighters from the Worcester Massachusetts fire department, known as the Worcester 6, lost their lives in an intense warehouse blaze.  Actor/comedian Denis Leary lost his first cousin Jeremiah Lucey and childhood friend Lt. Thomas Spencer in that fire. Moved by this tragedy, he created the The Leary Firefighters Foundation in the spring of 2000 to make sure fire personnel had the best training and equipment possible. Since then, with the help of other foundations and corporate partners, it has provided over $10 million for the brethren of the Worcester 6. While the Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program initially served paid departments in New York, Massachusetts, and Detroit, it has recently extended its scope of funding to both paid and volunteer departments in other areas of the country.

Fire Prevention and Safety Application Assistance from FEMA

Two children escaped their burning bedroom because they learned exactly what to do in a fire safety program at school. A first responder reversed the course of heart disease after health screenings revealed severe hypertension. A homeowner put new batteries in her smoke detector following a fire risk assessment, increasing the chances her home will survive a blaze. Unfortunately, prevention efforts rarely get major headlines. While tragedy after tragedy has grabbed our attention, there have been an untold number of happy endings because of the interventions made possible by FEMA's Fire Prevention and Safety Grants.

Foundation Funding for First Responders

Even though first responders do some of the most important and dangerous work in the country, funding is often insufficient to meet their needs. Budget shortfalls can be a constant challenge and departments must become creative in finding the resources they need simply to do their jobs. Here are four private foundations that assist public safety agencies with equipment, training and other support, listed in alphabetical order.

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

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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