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House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Homeland Security Spending Bill

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

July 21, 2017 – On Tuesday, July 18th, the House Appropriations Committee approved legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for Fiscal Year 2018. The $44.3 billion spending bill represents a nearly $2 billion increase in spending for the Department compared to the current fiscal year...

 

The bill would fund the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs at...

 

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Round 2 FY16 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

July 21, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 2 fire jobs grant winners for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). FEMA awarded 46 fire grants totaling $23,780,131, including:

 

  • Calabash Fire Department, Calabash, NC, Hiring, $171,616
  • Hoodland Fire District #74, Welches, OR, Hiring, $301,389
  • Barrington Fire Department, Barrington, RI, Hiring, $523,542
  • Fairfield Fire Department, Fairfield, OH, Hiring, $810,122
  • City of Bella Vista Fire Department, Bella Vista, AR, Hiring, $959,854

 

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 11 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

July 21, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 11 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 127 fire grants totaling $27,518,031, including:

 

  • Tallahassee Volunteer Fire Protection, Canon City, CO, Operations and Safety, $14,806, Equipment
  • Kunkle Fire Company, Inc., Dallas, PA, Regional Request, $97,143, Equipment
  • Athens Township Fire Department, Athens, MI, Regional Request, $497,160, Equipment
  • Crocker Fire Protection District, Crocker, MO, Operations and Safety, $133,334, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Santa Maria City Fire Department, Santa Maria, CA, Vehicle Acquisition, $988,410, Vehicle Acquisition

 

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.

 

 

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Mitigation Success Stories Wanted

 

Public Safety Grant News from FEMA

 

July 18, 2017 – In January 2017, FEMA launched the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) External Stakeholder Workgroup (ESWG). The HMA ESWG is comprised of representatives from FEMA regions, states, Indian tribes, territories, and local mitigation stakeholders who share their perspectives on HMA priorities, issues, and program resources, and help inform communication strategies on the HMA programs.

 

As part of carrying out their work, the ESWG members have formed subgroups to focus on specific topics. One subgroup, the Online HMA Knowledge and Support Forum, is working to create an online resource where information can be exchanged, conversations encouraged, and HMA applicants can find peer-to-peer advice and guidance. One aspect of this work is identify and promote HMA project success stories. As part of this, the ESWG is requesting mitigation stakeholders submit success stories in your community, your organization, or a partner in mitigation you’ve met along the way.

 

FEMA is looking for success stories with the following in mind:

 

  • The success story should not exceed one page.
  • Please include pertinent and descriptive facts, such as the organization/community name, project description, date of completion, and the HMA grant amount and program (e.g. HMGP, FMA, PDM).
  • Projects submitted as success stories should have been completed within the last 18 months.
  • The ESWG is looking for all types of projects, big and small, and for any hazard type to help encourage a wide range of application submittals.
  • Personal aspects of the project are encouraged including stories illustrating the positive impacts of the mitigation on the community and or/ residents. Examples of this could be an interview with a resident that has benefited from the project, or an account of how the project will avoid disruptions in the community or help speed a post-disaster recovery.
  • The success story should make sure to include the URL address/link, if available, for more information and photos on the project. If a URL is not available, please include the info for a point of contact who can answer questions about the project if needed. Photos or other graphics of the project should be attached to the same email and submitted along with the success story.

 

Please submit all success stories by Tuesday, August 15, 2017 to fema-hma-grants-policy@fema.dhs.gov.

 

Please note that all submittals will be provided to the ESWG for review and further use. FEMA is providing support for the ESWG to facilitate the submittal of these success stories. The ESWG will determine the success stories selected for further promotion.

 

 

FEMA Announces Funding Awards for FY 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks

 

Public Safety Grant News from FEMA

 

July 17, 2017 – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials today announced funding awards for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program). The CCTA Program will provide $35.94 million to selected recipients to improve their ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks in collaboration with the whole community.

 

Terrorist incidents, such as those in London, England; Boston, Massachusetts; Nairobi, Kenya; San Bernardino, California; Paris, France; and Brussels, Belgium, highlight an emerging threat known as complex coordinated terrorist attacks. The FY 2016 CCTA Program is intended to enhance resilience and build capacity for jurisdictions to address complex coordinated terrorist attacks that may occur across the nation.

 

The selected recipients will receive funding specifically to develop and implement effective, sustainable, and regional approaches for enhancing preparedness for complex coordinated terrorist attacks, which include the following components: identifying capability gaps, developing and/or updating plans, training to implement plans and procedures, and conducting exercises to validate capabilities.

 

Applications were reviewed and scored independently by a peer review panel composed of subject matter experts representing federal, state, local, territorial and tribal organizations that have experience and/or advanced training in complex coordinated terrorist attacks. Awards were made on a competitive basis to applicants who presented an ability to successfully meet the requirements described in the NOFO, taking into how well the applicant demonstrated:

 

  • A need for funding support;
  • Effective, sustainable and regional approaches;
  • The proposed project’s impact that presents an increase in the jurisdiction’s preparedness and resilience to complex coordinated terrorist attacks once the project is implemented; and
  • A reasonable and cost-effective budget.

 

FY 2016 CCTA Program funding is awarded to the following recipients:

 

  • Arlington County Government (Va.): $1,244,890
  • City of Aurora (Ill.): $1,373,809
  • City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (Ill.): $699,502
  • City of Dallas (Texas): $925,000
  • City of Houston (Texas): $1,759,733
  • City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Public Safety (Calif.): $1,223,225
  • City of Miami (Fla.): $723,260
  • City of Phoenix (Ariz.): $1,565,000
  • City of Winston-Salem (N.C.): $1,868,050
  • Durham County (N.C.): $931,500
  • East-West Gateway Council of Governments (Ill./Mo.): $1,474,716
  • Franklin County (Ohio) : $829,725
  • Galveston County (Texas): $976,896
  • Hawaii Department of Defense (Hawaii): $492,800
  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency (Ill.): $1,214,024
  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security (Ind.): $2,024,833
  • King County (Wash.): $1,516,723
  • Knox County (Tenn.): $536,250
  • Maryland Emergency Management Agency (Md.): $2,098,575
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (D.C./Va.): $595,098
  • Mid-America Regional Council (Mo.): $2,251,502
  • New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (N.Y.): $1,379,048
  • San Bernardino County (Calif.): $1,334,751
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (S.C.): $1,530,020
  • South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (Texas): $1,076,336
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas): $659,556
  • Unified Fire Authority of Greater Salt Lake (Utah): $1,043,800
  • Virginia Department of Emergency Management (Va.): $2,001,568
  • Wisconsin Emergency Management (Wis.): $589,810

 

 

House Subcommittee Conducts Hearing on USFA, Firefighter Grant Programs

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

July 14, 2017 – On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, the House Science, Technology and Space Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology conducted a hearing to the review the United States Fire Administration (USFA), the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program. The hearing, entitled “U.S. Fire Administration and Fire Grant Programs Reauthorization: Examining Effectiveness and Priorities,” featured witnesses from USFA and a number of national fire service organizations....

 

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Round 1 FY16 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

July 14, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 1 fire jobs grant winners for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). FEMA awarded 15 fire grants totaling $7,378,861, including:

 

  • Courtney Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Yadkinville, NC, Hiring, $71,040
  • Town of Bucksport, Bucksport, ME, Hiring, $244,069
  • North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1, Lincoln City, OR, Hiring, $428,359
  • City of Forney Fire Department, Forney, TX, Hiring, $809,412
  • City of Flagstaff, Flagstaff Fire Department, Flagstaff, AZ, Hiring, $991,230

 

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 10 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

July 14, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 10 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 91 fire grants totaling $12,977,803, including:

 

  • Perry Joint Fire District, Perry, OH, Vehicle Acquisition, $76,191, Vehicle Acquisition
  • Duboistown Fire Department, Williamsport, PA, Regional Request, $177,143, Personal Protective Equipment
  • City of Chico Fire and Rescue, Chico, CA, Operations and Safety, $292,529, Modify Facilities and Wellness and Fitness Programs
  • Cherry City Volunteer Fire Company, Pittsburgh, PA, Operations and Safety, $3,000, Training
  • Providence Fire Department , Providence , RI, Vehicle Acquisition, $974,419, Vehicle Acquisition

 

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.

 

 

FEMA announces FY2017 PDM and FMA Application Cycle

 

Public Safety Grant News from FEMA

 

July 13, 2017 – FEMA has posted the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant programs on www.grants.gov. These NOFOs provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency's funding priorities and review process.

 

FEMA will open the FY17 application period on August 14, 2017. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at https://portal.fema.gov. All applications must be submitted no later than 3 pm Eastern Time on November 14, 2017.

 

Program Funding

 

Flood Mitigation Assistance

 

FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of severe repetitive and repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In FY17, $160 million is available for FMA grants. New in this application cycle is a set-aside of $70 million for community advance assistance and flood mitigation projects. The remainder of the FY17 FMA grants will continue to focus on reducing or eliminating the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures. FEMA will also fund flood hazard mitigation planning as well as technical assistance for applicants who were awarded FMA grant program funds totaling at least $1 million in FY16.

 

Further information is in the NOFO: DHS-17-MT-029-00-99 and FY 2017 FMA Fact Sheet.

 

Pre-Disaster Mitigation

 

The goal of the PDM grant program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time reducing reliance on federal funding from Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act).

 

$90 million is available for FY17 PDM grants. FEMA will provide allocations to states and territories which fulfill statutory requirements and will set aside $10 million for federally recognized tribes. The balance of funds will be for the competitive mitigation activities.

 

FEMA’s highest priority for FY17 competitive sub-applications is multi-state/tribal mitigation initiatives. FEMA will select eligible planning and project sub-applications that limit duplication of other HMA programs by prioritizing funding in areas without post-disaster funding available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP); and projects that cannot be funded by the FMA grant program. As directed by the Congressional appropriations language, FEMA will use the majority of the PDM funding for mitigation projects.

 

Further information is in the NOFO: DHS-17-MT-047-00-99 and FY 2017 PDM Fact Sheet.

 

 

Round 9 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

June 30, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 9 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 190 fire grants totaling $27,606,533, including:

 

  • Epworth Fire Department, Epworth, IA, Regional Request, $51,870
  • Townville Volunteer Fire Department, Townville, PA, Operations and Safety, $93,334, Personal Protective Equipment
  • Burbank Fire Department, Burbank, IL, Regional Request, $861,280
  • Thornton Fire Department, Thornton , CO, Vehicle Acquisition, $285,715
  • City of Berea Ohio Fire Department, Berea, OH, Vehicle Acquisition, $797,667

 

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 Subcommittee Approves Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

June 30, 2017 – On Thursday, June 29, 2017, the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9), directs the Center for Disease Control to create a specialized national registry to provide researchers and epidemiologists with the tools and resources they need to improve research collection activities related to the monitoring of cancer incidence among firefighters....

 

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Round 8 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

June 23, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 8 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 179 fire grants totaling $23,517,336, including:

 

  • Bellevue Fire Department, Bellevue, WA, Operations and Safety, $92,861, Wellness and Fitness Programs
  • Buechel Fire Protection District, Louisville, KY, Operations and Safety, $47,240, Modify Facilities
  • City of Kennewick Fire Department, Kennewick, WA, Regional Request, $470,319, Equipment
  • Elko County Fire Protection District, Elko, NV, Regional Request, $13,637, Equipment
  • Laurel, City of, Laurel, MS, Operations and Safety, $247,805, Personal Protective 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.

 

 

Senators Collins, Cardin Introduce Volunteer Incentive Bills

 

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

June 9, 2017 – On May 25, 2017, Senator Susan Collins (ME) and Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD) introduced 2 pieces of legislation intended to assist volunteer fire departments in the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters...

 

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2 First Responder Grants Client Win $238,000 in Round 7 AFG FY2016 Fire Grant Awards

 

Fire Grant News from First Responder Grants

 

June 3, 2017 - 2 departments who have worked with First Responder Grants have won a total of $238,000 in fire grants during Round 7 awards from the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program:

 

  • Palm Beach County Fire & Rescue, FL, was awarded a $29,120 AFG fire grant for gas monitors
  • Westfield FD, CT, was awarded a $208,880 AFG fire grant for SCBA and a compressor

 

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

 

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 7 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

June 2, 2017 – FEMA has announced Round 7 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 45 fire grants totaling $7,124,916, including:

 

  • Casco Fire Department, Casco, ME, Regional Request, $183,667, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company, Pittsburgh, PA, Operations and Safety, $66,543, Modify Facilities
  • St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue, St. Petersburg, FL, Operations and Safety, $316,291, Wellness and Fitness Programs
  • LFUCG - Division of Fire, Lexington, KY, Operations and Safety, $252,210, Training
  • Hardin County Fire Department, Savannah, TN, Regional Request, $325,546, 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.

 

 

NIMS Alert 02-17: Reminder: National Engagement Period: NIMS Resource Management Supplemental Guidance and Tools

 

Fire Grant News from FEMA

 

June 1, 2017 – As a reminder, FEMA’s National Integration Center is soliciting feedback on three National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component guidance documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT on June 9, 2017. National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools to ensure the products reflect the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.

 

The drafts out for engagement include the NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and accompanying Position Task Books (PTB), NIMS resource typing definitions, 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.

 

The released documents include:

 

  • 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.
  • NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined deployable incident positions.
  • NIMS Position Task Books (PTBs) 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 practices 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.
  • NIMS Resource Typing Definitions, which provide the minimum qualifications for personnel, teams, and equipment.

 

To review the draft of the NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools, visit https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement. To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

 

Thank you for your input and continued support. Together, we make our nation more secure and resilient.

 

 

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 FY2016 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 FY2016 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.