Public Safety Grant News

 

NIMS Alert 01-18: National Engagement for Draft NIMS Implementation Objectives

 

National Engagement for Draft NIMS Implementation Objectives: Public Safety Grant News

 

Jan. 16, 2018 – NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the Nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. The SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives identify the specific activities that are involved in NIMS implementation for SLTT organizations and jurisdictions.

 

FEMA most recently revised the NIMS Implementation Objectives in 2009 and is now updating them to ensure they are consistent with the 2017 NIMS, to incorporate stakeholder input, and to make them a more clear and more useful tool for organizations as they implement NIMS.

 

FEMA has developed implementation indicators for each Implementation Objective. These indicators serve as actionable activities that jurisdictions can use to demonstrate NIMS implementation. The indicators are not requirements and are not intended as a checklist, but rather as a means of clarifying the types of activities that organizations and jurisdictions may undertake when implementing NIMS.

 

FEMA will host a series of webinars to discuss the proposed SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives and answer related questions. For more information on the webinars and to review the draft SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives, visit: https://www.fema.gov/implementation-guidance-and-reporting. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

 

Please note that federal departments and agencies use a separate set of Implementation Objectives. FEMA will work with Federal NIMS Coordinators to revise those later this year.

 

 

FY2017 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) Open Application Period Announcement

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

Dec. 19, 2017 – The FY 2017 AFG application period will open on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 8 am ET and will close on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5 PM ET. Please make sure that you have thoroughly reviewed the newly released Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) prior to beginning your application, as it contains the latest updates to the FY 2017 AFG Grant Program.

 

Begin preparing your application now by utilizing the application assistance tools available below.

 

FY 2017 Application Assistance Tools:

 

The GET READY GUIDE is designed to give you a kick-start in preparing your application. It will help better prepare you to thoroughly answer the application questions.

 

The SELF-EVALUATION ASSISTANCE sheets are designed to help you understand the criteria that you must address in your Narrative Statement when applying for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program. There are two sheets, one for OPERATIONS & SAFETY and one for VEHICLE ACQUISITION.

 

The APPLICATION CHECKLIST will help you prepare your grant application. Collecting this information beforehand will reduce the time and energy needed to complete your application.

 

The COST SHARE CALCULATOR allows you to determine your organizations Local Cost Share for grants. It is important to familiarize yourself with FEMA’s administration of cost sharing requirements.

 

 

House Passes Rep. Comstock’s Legislation To Reauthorize U.S. Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Programs

 

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 18, 2017 – Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after the House Representatives passed her legislation by voice vote, H.R. 4661, the United States Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017. AFG (Assistance to Firefighters Grant) awards and SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) grants help provide necessary firefighting gear and training to firefighters and emergency responders, among other critical functions. The legislation authorizes $750 million for both programs...

 

Begin preparing your application now by utilizing the House Passes Rep. Comstock’s Legislation To Reauthorize U.S. Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Programs | Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

 

 

FY2017 AFG Application Assistance Tools Have Been Released: Begin Preparing Your Application Now

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

Dec. 14, 2017 – The 2017 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) release and application period is imminent. Details on NOFO release and the date of the opening of the application period will come soon.

 

Begin preparing your application now by utilizing the application assistance tools available below.

 

FY 2017 Application Assistance Tools:

 

The GET READY GUIDE is designed to give you a kick-start in preparing your application. It will help better prepare you to thoroughly answer the application questions.

 

The SELF-EVALUATION ASSISTANCE sheets are designed to help you understand the criteria that you must address in your Narrative Statement when applying for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program. There are two sheets, one for OPERATIONS & SAFETY and one for VEHICLE ACQUISITION.

 

The APPLICATION CHECKLIST will help you prepare your grant application. Collecting this information beforehand will reduce the time and energy needed to complete your application.

 

The COST SHARE CALCULATOR allows you to determine your organizations Local Cost Share for grants. It is important to familiarize yourself with FEMA’s administration of cost sharing requirements.

 

 

NIMS Alert 06-17: Release of NIMS Resource Management Supplemental Guidance and Tools

 

Public Safety Grant News from FEMA

 

Nov. 7, 2017 – FEMA’s National Integration Center is pleased to release a series of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid.

 

Today’s release includes:

 

  • The NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) that describes the components of a qualification and certification system, defines a process for certifying the qualifications of incident personnel, describes how to stand up and implement a peer review process, and provides an introduction to the process of credentialing personnel.
  • A set of NQS Job Titles/Position Qualifications that minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined incident management and support positions. A set of NQS Position Task Books (PTBs) that identifies the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident management or support position.
  • A set of NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions other than NQS that define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.
  • The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid that provides an overview of common mutual aid practices, defines common terminology and processes, and describes an approach for creating legal agreements and operational plans.
  • To support partner and stakeholder adoption, FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the National Qualification System and answer questions related to the foundational guide and supporting tools. All webinars are open to the whole community, including individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. To review the documents and for additional webinar information, visit: www.fema.gov/national-qualification-system.

 

To review the NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions other than those in NQS, go to: rtlt.preptoolkit.fema.gov/Public.

 

 

HMA Competitive Grant Application Period Closing Soon

 

Public Safety Grant News from FEMA

 

Nov. 7, 2017 – The application period for two competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs is closing at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on November 14, 2017. Eligible applicants including territories, federally-recognized tribes, states and local governments may apply for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants at https://portal.fema.gov.

 

If you have any problems submitting your application in the eGrants system, call 1-855-228-3362 or email MTeGrants@fema.dhs.gov. Please ensure that you keep a record of any previous email correspondences with FEMA’s eGrants helpline when contacting the help desk.

 

 

NIMS Alert 05-17: Refreshed National Incident Management System Release

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

Oct. 17, 2017 – This year’s active hurricane and fire seasons highlight the importance of working together before, during, and after disasters of all types and sizes. NIMS provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage all threats and hazards.

 

Through an iterative process of engagement with stakeholders from across the nation, FEMA reviewed more than 3,000 comments to update NIMS guidance and incorporate the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.

 

Today, FEMA released the refreshed National Incident Management System (NIMS) to ensure that this important guidance continues to reflect the collective expertise of the whole community. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.

 

The refreshed NIMS:

 

  • Retains key concepts and principles of the 2004 and 2008 versions of NIMS;
  • Reflects and incorporates policy updates from lessons learned from exercises and real-world incidents and disasters;
  • Clarifies the processes and terminology for qualifying, certifying, and credentialing incident personnel, building a foundation for the development of a national qualification system;
  • Clarifies that NIMS is more than just the Incident Command System (ICS), and that it applies to all incident personnel, from the incident command post to the National Response Coordination Center;
  • Describes common functions and terminology for staff in Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), while remaining flexible to allow for differing missions, authorities, and resources of EOCs across the nation; and
  • Explains the relationship among ICS, EOCs, and senior leaders/policy groups.

 

FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the updates in the refreshed NIMS and answer questions related to NIMS. The webinars will be open to the whole community.

 

To review the refreshed NIMS document and for additional webinar information, visit: www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system.

 

FEMA continues to support strengthening the security and resilience of the nation by working to improve the ability of all to manage incidents, events, and emergencies.

 

 

Round 10 FY16 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

Sept. 22, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 10 fire jobs grant winners for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). FEMA awarded 17 fire grants totaling $40,103,547, including:

 

  • Mosquito Fire Protection District, Placerville, CA, Hiring, $1,089,997
  • City of Inkster Fire Department, Inkster, MI, Hiring, $1,682,760
  • Orange County Fire Authority, Irvine, CA, Hiring, $3,691,527
  • Detroit (MI) Fire Department, Detroit, MI, Hiring, $5,136,636
  • City of Hartford Fire Department, Hartford, CT, Hiring, $11,067,070

 

Subsequent SAFER fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

 

 

Round 17 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

Sept. 22, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 17 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 79 fire grants totaling $18,921,802, including:

 

  • Ringwood Volunteer Fire Co. #1, Ringwood, NJ, Operations and Safety, $7,143, Equipment ($7,500)
  • St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 5, Folsom, LA, Regional Request, $43,182
  • Skagit County Fire Protection District #5, Bow, WA, Operations and Safety, $111,860, Equipment ($108,250)
  • Havre Fire Department, Havre, MT, Vehicle Acquisition, $485,715, Vehicle Acquisition ($510,000)
  • Philadelphia Fire Department, Philadelphia, PA, Operations and Safety, $2,625,344, Training ($45,000)

 

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

 

 

Round 5 FY16 FP&S Fire Prevention Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

Sept. 15, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 5 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Program (FP&S). FEMA awarded 1 fire grant, totaling $329,378, to the VT DPS, Div. Fire Safety, Public Education, of Waterbury, VT.

 

Subsequent FP&S fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest FP&S news.

 

 

Round 9 FY16 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

Sept. 15, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 9 fire jobs grant winners for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). FEMA awarded 8 fire grants totaling $2,779,060:

 

  • Oakridge Fire & EMS, Oakridge, OR, Recruitment, $18,627
  • Lancaster Fire Department, Lancaster, NY, Recruitment, $42,066
  • Corinth-Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Seneca, SC, Recruitment, $159,565
  • Corinth Holders Vol. Fire Dept., Zebulon, NC, Recruitment, $175,700
  • Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue, Terrebonne, OR, Recruitment, $183,688
  • Oxford Fire Department, Oxford, MI, Recruitment, $333,706
  • Chelan Fire & Rescue, Chelan, WA, Recruitment, $924,308
  • North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs, Greensboro, NC, Recruitment, $941,400

 

Subsequent SAFER fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.