1 First Responder Grants Client Wins $67,925 in AFG 2013 Fire Grant Awards

A department who worked with First Responder Grants has won a $67,925 fire grant during Round 1 awards from the FY2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. These grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Operations and Safety grant will be used for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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New Guidance Available for Applying ASCE 24-05 to Hazard Mitigation Flood Projects

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FEMA has released the publication of FEMA Policy 203-074-1, Minimum Design Standards for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Projects in Flood Hazard Areas. The policy will align structure elevation, dry flood proofing and mitigation reconstruction projects in flood hazard areas, that are funded by the HMA grant program, with a nationally recognized consensus standard for flood resistant design and construction.

The Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s (FIMA) HMA programs provide grant funding assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments for eligible and cost-effective projects that increase resiliency by reducing and eliminating risks to property from flood hazards and their effects.

All HMA-funded projects in flood hazard areas will be required to be designed and built according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Standard 24-05, Flood Resistant Design and Construction, or its equivalent, as the minimum design criteria. ASCE 24-05 is a nationally recognized consensus standard for all flood resistant design and construction projects.

The use of this recognized standard, and involvement of licensed design professionals for design and construction of HMA-funded projects in flood hazard areas, will provide for more consistent and efficient verification of engineering and technical feasibility and will help preserve the public investment toward reducing risk.

FEMA has also developed an implementation guidebook, Guidance for Applying ASCE 24-05 Engineering Standards to Hazard Mitigation Flood Retrofitting and Reconstruction Projects, which identifies key design and construction requirements that apply to HMA flood mitigation projects. The guidebook also provides guidance on how the standard should be applied to each HMA-eligible flood project type.

$4,442,104 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 1 AFG 2013

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Award rounds have begun for the FY2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the first award round.

FEMA awarded $4,442,104 to 43 Fire Service organizations throughout the US. Awards ranged from a $5,938 Equipment Fire Grant, awarded to the Town of Menasha, Neenah, WI, to a $363,969 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Fire Grant, awarded to the Allentown Fire Department, Allentown, PA.

Round 1 award allocations:

  • Operations & Safety: 40 awards, $3,856,637
  • Vehicles: 0 awards, $0
  • State Fire Training Academy: 3 awards, $585,467

Total FY2013 appropriations are $280,163,233: $201,717,528 for Operations & Safety fire grants, $70,040,808 for Vehicle fire grants, and $8,404,897 for State Fire Training Academy fire grants.

The average award is:

  • Operations & Safety: $96,416
  • Vehicles: $0
  • State Fire Training Academy: $195,156

An estimated 49 award rounds remain. Our thanks to onebugle at the Firehouse.com forums for compiling these statistics.

See the full FY2013 AFG fire grant award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

$9,395,253 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 17 SAFER 2013

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the seventeenth award round for the FY2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

FEMA awarded 6 fire grants, totaling $9,395,253, to Fire Service organizations around the US:

  • Delray Beach Fire-Rescue, Delray Beach, FL, Hiring, $646,044
  • Stamford Fire & Rescue Department, Stamford, CT, Hiring, $1,045,188
  • Fostoria Fire Division, Fostoria, OH, Hiring, $1,177,488
  • Steubenville Fire Department, Steubenville, OH, Hiring, $1,185,794
  • National Volunteer Fire Council, Inc., Greenbelt, MD, Recruitment, $2,390,479
  • Waterford Regional Fire Department, Waterford, MI, Hiring, $2,950,260

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

$654,981 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 16 SAFER 2013

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the sixteenth award round for the FY2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

FEMA awarded one Hiring grant, in the amount of $654,981, to the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, Bayfield, CO.

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

FY2009 SAFER Closeout Module

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsGrant closeout report forms are now available for completion in the e-Grants system for FY2009 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) awardees (EMW-2009-XX-XXXXX) who have reached the end of the period of performance. For FY2009 SAFER awardees that are still within their period of performance, you will have 90 days after the end of the period of performance to submit the closeout report.

Failure to submit the closeout report by the due date will affect the department’s ability to obtain reimbursements on all current grants as well as receive future funding under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).

NOTE: The closeout forms for FY2010 SAFER cannot be completed online at this time. Paper closeout forms are available for SAFER grantees FY2005 through FY2008 (EMW-2008-XX-XXXXX). To request a SAFER closeout package for FY2005, 2006, 2007, or 2008 contact the Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 (by e-mail: firegrants@fema.dhs.gov).

Upcoming AFG Events and Exhibits

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Visit the AFG exhibit booth #4344 at Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN, April 7-12, 2014.

AFG Town Hall Presentation at FDIC, Friday, April 11, 10:30 – 12:15 pm. This presentation will provide an interactive experience for you to bring all of your questions regarding the AFG Program. AFG staff will provide the latest programmatic updates, discuss current and future funding priorities as well as provide important updates on “hot issues” impacting applicants and grantees such as P25 Compliant Communications, National Consensus Standards, Changes in the use of Excess Funds, Period of Performance Requirements, Procurement Requirements, Registration Requirements in SAM.gov, and much more. If you are applying for, or have an AFG grant, you don’t want to miss this presentation.

Visit the AFG exhibit booth at the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), Washington, DC, April 30 – May 1, 2014.