Public Safety Grant News

 

Round 6 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

May 26, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 6 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 111 fire grants totaling $18,530,911, including:

 

  • City of Mount Vernon Fire Department, Mount Vernon, OH, Vehicle Acquisition, $637,728
  • Grays Harbor County Fire Protection District #2, Aberdeen, WA, Regional Request, $588,168, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • City of Flint Fire Department, Flint, MI, Operations and Safety, $267,069, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Palm Bay Fire-Rescue, Palm Bay, FL, Operations and Safety, $71,820, Modify Facilities
  • City of Norwalk, Norwalk, CT, Operations and Safety, $43,619, Equipment

 

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.

 

 

White House Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

May 25, 2017 – On Tuesday, the White House released President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. The $4.1 trillion spending plan includes $44.1 billion in funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

 

The spending plan requests $688,688,000 for the Assistance to Firefighters and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant programs, split evenly between the two programs. This is a slight reduction from the $690 million Congress appropriated for the programs in the current fiscal year. The budget proposal also requests $43,410,000 for the United States Fire Administration (USFA), with $1,497,000 of that request targeted for infrastructure improvements at USFA’s Emmitsburg, MD campus. Congress appropriated $44 million for USFA in Fiscal Year 2017.

 

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FY2014 AFG, FY2012 SAFER, FY2013 FP&S closeout modules now available from FEMA

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

The following Closeout modules are now available for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) award recipients:

 

  • FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grants
  • FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Assistance Fire & Emergency Response Grants
  • FY2013 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants

 

Attention all AFGP grant award recipients

 

In accordance with 44 CFR §13.50 (b), your organization has no later than 90 days after the end date of the period of performance to submit your closeout report. However, due to the delay in the availability of the closeout modules, you will have 90 days from May 23, 2017 to submit your closeout report for the grants specified above. If you require assistance with your closeout report, please review the closeout tutorial (http://www.fema.gov/closeout-report-tutorial-introduction) or call the AFG help desk at 1-866-274-0960.

 

Procurement Activity Suspension and Debarment

 

For all grants awarded on or after December 26, 2014:

 

All procurement activity must be conducted in accordance with Federal Procurement Standards at 2 C.F.R. § 200.317 – 200.326. If you use a contractor under an AFG grant, you must verify that the contractor is not suspended or debarred from participating in specified federal procurement or non-procurement transactions pursuant to 2 CFR § 180.300. You may search for any suspensions or debarments at www.SAM.gov.

 

Period of Performance

 

Additionally, FEMA highly recommends that you do not enter into any contracts prior to the start date of the grant period of performance. Only costs incurred between the period of performance start and end dates are allowable for reimbursement. Fees for grant writers are considered an exception and may be included as a pre-award expenditure.

 

 

2 First Responder Grants Client Win $285,864 in Round 5 AFG FY2014 Fire Grant Awards

 

Fire Grant News from First Responder Grants

 

May 22, 2017 - 2 departments who have worked with First Responder Grants have won a total of $222,580 in fire grants during Round 5 awards from the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program:

 

  • Seaside Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Seaside, OR, Operations and Safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), $151,600
  • Atwater Fire Department, Atwater, OH, Operations and Safety, Equipment, $70,980

 

These grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

"Congratulations to all AFG winners," says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. "First Responder Grants clients can write more competitive grants for equipment and training. This helps them keep their members and citizens safer in their respective communities."

 

Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing training, grant consulting, and the latest news and tips and news for writing winning grant applications. Since 1998, our Certified Grants Consultants have helped public safety agencies like yours win over $1,000,000,000 in grant funding. Our grant writing training students learn to write competitive grants that bring home additional funding dollars to your agency, but that's not all. Students receiving First Responder Grants training in grant writing maintain a documented +80% success rate at winning a grant award after attending our classes—many on their very first application.

 

 

Round 5 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

May 19, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 5 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 87 fire grants totaling $11,280,215, including:

 

  • Ypsilanti City Fire Department, Ypsilanti, MI, Regional Request, $451,237, Equipment
  • Bladensburg Joint Fire District, Bladensburg, OH, Operations and Safety, Equipment and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Castleberry Volunteer Fire Department, Castleberry, AL, Operations and Safety, $37,429, Training
  • City of Nome Volunteer Ambulance Department, Nome, AK, Operations and Safety, $12,858, EMS Training
  • Floyd Community Volunteer Fire Dept, Inc., Floyd, IA, Operations and Safety, $45,715, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

 

Appropriation for 2016:

 

  • Total: $310,500,000
  • Operations: $223,560,000
  • Vehicle Acquisition: $77,625,000
  • Fire Academies: $9,315,00

 

Awards Round 5:

 

  • Operations: 87 awards, $11,280,215
  • Vehicle Acquisition: 0 awards
  • Fire Academies: 0 awards

 

Total Awards To Date:

 

  • 383 awards
  • $55,059,594

 

Breakdown:

 

  • Operations: 350 awards, $44,350,064
  • Vehicle Acquisition: 2 awards, $436,668
  • Fire Academies: 31 awards, $10,272,862

 

Funds Remaining:

 

  • Operations: $179,209,936 (80%)
  • Vehicle Acquisition: $77,188,332 (99%)
  • Fire Academies: $0 (0%) (-$957,862)

 

Average Award:

 

  • Operations: $126,714
  • Vehicle Acquisition: $218,334
  • Fire Academies: $331,383

 

Estimated Awards Remaining:

 

  • Operations: 1,414
  • Vehicle Acquisition: 354
  • Fire Academies: 0

 

Average Awards/Round: 77

 

Estimated Rounds Remaining: 23

 

Our thanks to Andy Theriault (onebugle) in the Firehouse.com Forums for compiling these statistics.

 

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.

 

 

FY2016 AFG Fire Grant Awards Expected to Continue through August

 

From First Responder Grants

 

May 22, 2017 – If you are in the running for an FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) fire grant award, get ready for a potentially long wait. Award rounds are expected to continue through August, says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grant Consultant at First Responder Grants.

 

"Updates of 1199a's will be sporadic at best, but don't lose patience," says Bradley. "The awards will come."

 

During the wait, Bradley recommends that departments begin working on their FY2017 AFG application: conducting needs assessments, evaluating department priorities, and getting training to help them produce a competitive AFG application.

 

While FEMA has not announced an official AFG application date, September 2017 is considered likely.

 

 

House Hearing Spotlights Fire Service Occupational Cancer

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

May 18, 2017 – On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled “Examining Initiatives to Advance Public Health.” The hearing addressed several current pieces of legislation before the committee, including H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act.

 

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Congress Passes Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvement Act

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

May 18, 2017 – This week, Congress passed legislation designed to improve the timeliness and transparency in the Justice Department’s processing of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program survivor, disability, and educational assistance claims.

 

S. 419, the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvements Act, was introduced by Senator Charles Grassley (IA) on February 16, 2017. The bill will address on-going problems with the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program.

 

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Senate Committee Approves AFG/SAFER Reauthorization

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

May 17, 2017 – Today the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs unanimously approved S. 829, the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act.

 

The legislation reauthorizes the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG), the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant programs through Fiscal Year 2023. Additionally, the legislation removes a “sunset” provision in the current authorizing statute that would eliminate the programs on January 2, 2018.

 

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Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Recognize National EMS Week

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

May 17, 2017 – Sunday May 21, 2017 marks the beginning of National EMS Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States.

 

This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who are based in our nation’s fire departments.

 

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Round 4 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

May 12, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 4 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 136 fire grants totaling $20,026,547, including:

 

  • Ben Lomond Fire Protection District, Ben Lomond, CA, Regional Request, $536,164, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division, St. Paul, MN, State Fire Training Academy, $431,037, Equipment
  • Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad Inc., Lewis, NY, Operations and Safety, $72,482, EMS Equipment
  • Oak Park Fire Department, Oak Park, IL, Operations and Safety, $106,051, Wellness and Fitness Programs
  • Saint Paul Fire Department, Saint Paul, MN, Operations and Safety, $157,114, Training

 

Appropriation for 2016:

 

  • Total: $310,500,000
  • Operations: $223,560,000
  • Vehicle Acquisition: $77,625,000
  • Fire Academies: $9,315,00

 

Awards Round 4:

 

  • Operations: 133 awards, $19,352,403
  • Vehicle Acquisition: 1 award, $185,715
  • Fire Academies: 2 awards, $488,429

 

Total Awards To Date:

 

  • 296 awards
  • $43,779,379

 

Breakdown:

 

  • Operations: 263 awards, $33,069,849
  • Vehicle Acquisition: 2 awards, $436,668
  • Fire Academies: 31 awards, $10,272,862

 

Funds Remaining:

 

  • Operations: $190,490,151 (85%)
  • Vehicle Acquisition: $77,188,332 (99%)
  • Fire Academies: $0 (0%) (-$957,862)

 

Average Award:

 

  • Operations: $125,741
  • Vehicle Acquisition: $218,334
  • Fire Academies: $331,383

 

Estimated Awards Remaining:

 

  • Operations: 1,515
  • Vehicle Acquisition: 354
  • Fire Academies: 0

 

Average Awards/Round: 74

 

Estimated Rounds Remaining: 25

 

Our thanks to Andy Theriault (onebugle) in the Firehouse.com Forums for compiling these statistics.

 

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.

 

 

NIMS Resource Management Supplemental Guidance and Tools: National Engagement Period

 

Public Safety News from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

 

May 11, 2017 – FEMA’s National Integration Center is soliciting feedback on five National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5 pm EDT on June 9, 2017.

 

The drafts released today include the NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and accompanying Position Task Books (PTB), the NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid, and an updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel. Together, these documents are designed to enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid.

 

Today’s release includes:

 

  • The NIMS Guideline for the NQS, which 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.
  • The NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications, which define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined deployable incident positions.
  • The NIMS Position Task Books (PTBs), which identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident position.
  • The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid, which is designed to help unify mutual aid efforts by providing stakeholders with common practice and processes for use in mutual aid planning.
  • The updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel, which provides standards and guidance for credentialing incident personnel nationwide.
  • FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars to describe the draft documents and answer participants' questions about providing feedback. The webinars are geared toward the whole community.

 

National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools to ensure that the products reflect the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. To review the draft of the NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools, and to obtain additional webinar information, visit https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

 

 

Round 3 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

May 5, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 3 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 69 fire grants totaling $7,448,676, including:

 

  • Evansville Fire Department, Evansville, IN, Operations and Safety, $470,004, Modify Facilities
  • McCreary Ambulance Service, Whitley City, KY, Operations and Safety, $190,543, EMS Equipment
  • North Cape County Rural Fire District, Oak Ridge, MO, Operations and Safety, $6,286, Training
  • Our Town Willow Point Volunteer Fire Department, Alexander City, AL, Vehicle Acquisition, $250,953, Vehicle Acquisition
  • Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Ellwood City, PA, Regional Request, $236,191, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

 

Appropriation for 2016:

 

  • Total: $310,500,000
  • Operations: $223,560,000
  • Vehicle Acquisition: $77,625,000
  • Fire Academies: $9,315,00

 

Awards Round 3:

 

  • Operations: 68 awards, $7,197,723
  • Vehicle Acquisition: 1 award, $250,953
  • Fire Academies: 0 awards, $0

 

Total Awards To Date:

 

  • 160 awards
  • $23,752,832

 

Breakdown:

 

  • Operations: 130 awards, $13,717,446
  • Vehicle Acquisition: 1 award, $250,953
  • Fire Academies: 29 awards, $9,784,433

 

Funds Remaining:

 

  • Operations: $209,842,554 (94%)
  • Vehicle Acquisition: $77,374,047 (99%)
  • Fire Academies: $0 (0%) (-$469,433)

 

Average Award:

 

  • Operations: $105,519
  • Vehicle Acquisition: $250,953
  • Fire Academies: $337,394

 

Estimated Awards Remaining:

 

  • Operations: 1989
  • Vehicle Acquisition: 308
  • Fire Academies: 0

 

Average Awards/Round: 53

 

Estimated Rounds Remaining: 43

 

Our thanks to onebugle in the Firehouse.com Forums for compiling these statistics.

 

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.

 

 

House Judiciary Committee Approves The Honoring Hometown Heroes Act

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

May 4, 2017 – On May 3, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 1892, the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act, by voice vote.

 

The legislation, which was introduced by Congressman John Larson (CT-1), amends the U.S. Flag Code, affirming the ability of state governors, as well as the mayor of the District of Columbia, to order the lowering of the United States flag to half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line- of- duty.

 

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Congress Approves Fiscal Year 2017 Spending Package

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

May 4, 2017 – Congress has approved H.R. 244, an omnibus spending bill to fund programs and activities of the federal government for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

 

As CFSI reported earlier this week, the bill funds the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs at the same levels as Fiscal Year 2016. The bill also provided modest increases in funding for the Urban Search and Rescue Response System and the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program...

 

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3 First Responder Grants Client Win $285,864 in AFG FY2014 Fire Grant Awards

 

Apr. 14, 2017 - 3 departments who have worked with First Responder Grants have won a total of $285,864 in fire grants during Round 1 awards from the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. These grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

"Congratulations to all AFG winners," says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. "First Responder Grants clients can write more competitive grants for equipment and training. This helps them keep their members and citizens safer in their respective communities."

 

Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing training, grant consulting, and the latest news and tips and news for writing winning grant applications. Since 1998, our Certified Grants Consultants have helped public safety agencies like yours win over $1,000,000,000 in grant funding. Our grant writing training students learn to write competitive grants that bring home additional funding dollars to your agency, but that's not all. Students receiving First Responder Grants training in grant writing maintain a documented +80% success rate at winning a grant award after attending our classes—many on their very first application.

 

 

Round 2 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

Apr. 21, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 2 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 16 fire grants totaling $1,839,546, including:

 

  • Oceanville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Oceanville, NJ, Operations and Safety, $7,934, Equipment
  • Macon County EMS, Lafayette, TN, Operations and Safety, $228,606, EMS Equipment
  • Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Co, Montoursville, PA, Operations and Safety, $89,286, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Rome Volunteer Fire Department, Proctorville, OH, Operations and Safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Training
  • Hose Company #6 Kittanning EMS, Kittanning, PA, Operations and Safety, EMS Equipment

 

Appropriation for 2016:

 

  • Total: $310,500,000
  • OPS: $223,560,000
  • VEH: $77,625,000
  • FA: $9,315,00

 

Awards Round 2:

 

  • OPS: 16 awards, $1,839,546
  • VEH: 0 awards, $0
  • FA: 29 awards, $9,784,433

 

Total Awards To Date:

 

91 awards: $16,304,156

 

Breakdown:

 

  • OPS: 62 awards, $6,519,723
  • VEH: 0 awards, $0
  • FA: 29 awards, $9,784,433

 

Funds Remaining:

 

  • OPS: $217,040,277 (97%)
  • VEH: $77,625,000 (100%)
  • FA: $0 (0%) (-$469,433)

 

Average Award:

 

  • OPS: $105,157
  • VEH: $0
  • FA: $337,394

 

Estimated Awards Remaining:

 

  • OPS: 2064
  • VEH:
  • FA: 0

 

Average Awards/Round:

 

45

 

Thank you to onebugle in the Firehouse.com forums for compiling these statistics.

 

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 1 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

Apr. 14, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 1 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 75 fire grants totaling $14,464,610, including:

 

  • Terra Alta Community Ambulance Squad Inc., Terra Alta, WV, Operations and Safety, $10,646.00, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad, Inc., Atlantic Highlands, NJ, Operations and Safety, $14,453, EMS Equipment
  • Department of Public Safety Standards & Training, Salem, OR, State Fire Training Academy, $469,566, Equipment
  • Alabama Fire College, Tuscaloosa, AL, State Fire Training Academy, $326,087, Equipment
  • Mississippi State Fire Academy, Jackson, MS, State Fire Training Academy, $391,305, Vehicle Acquisition

 

Appropriation for 2016:

 

  • Total: $310,500,000
  • OPS: $223,560,000
  • VEH: $77,625,000
  • FA: $9,315,00

 

Awards Round 2:

 

  • OPS: 16 awards, $1,839,546
  • VEH: 0 awards, $0
  • FA: 29 awards, $9,784,433

 

Total Awards To Date:

91 awards: $16,304,156

Breakdown:

 

  • OPS: 62 awards, $6,519,723
  • VEH: 0 awards, $0
  • FA: 29 awards, $9,784,433

 

Funds Remaining:

 

  • OPS: $217,040,277 (97%)
  • VEH: $77,625,000 (100%)
  • FA: $0 (0%) (-$469,433)

 

Average Award:

 

  • OPS: $105,157
  • VEH: $0
  • FA: $337,394

 

Estimated Awards Remaining:

 

  • OPS: 2064
  • VEH: ?
  • FA: 0

 

Average Awards/Round:

45

 

Thank you to onebugle in the Firehouse.com forums for compiling these statistics.

 

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.