Congress Approves Continuing Resolution (CFSI)

From Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On Wednesday, September 28th, both the House and Senate approved H.R. 5325, a 10-week continuing resolution funding the federal government through December 9, 2016. In addition to continuing funding for the federal government at current levels, the legislation includes full Fiscal Year 2017 funding for military construction and veterans’ programs. The bill also contains $1.1 billion in funding to respond to the Zika virus and $500 million to assist flood victims in Louisiana and other affected states.

Congress has adjourned until after the November Presidential election. Following the election, both chambers will return for a “lame-duck” session and are expected to complete work on the Fiscal Year 2017 funding bills. Full story

$4,535,589 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 9 FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced 14 Round 9 awards for the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER). The previous award round, Round 8, was announced Sept. 9, 2016. Fire Service organizations receiving hiring fire grant awards and recruitment fire grant awards totaling $4,535,589 include:

  • $96,820, Recruitment, Village of Island Park Fire Department, Island Park, NY
  • $133,659, Hiring, Dudley Fire and Emergency Service, Dudley, MA
  • $176,900, Recruitment, Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department, Lewisburg, WV
  • $190,401, Recruitment, Oktibbeha County District #5 Vol FD, Starkville, MS
  • $225,611, Recruitment, CAMPOBELLO, CAMPOBELLO, SC
  • $346,347, Hiring, City of Branson Fire & Rescue, Branson, MO
  • $459,344, Recruitment, Hallock Volunteer Fire Department, Hallock, MN
  • $527,473, Recruitment, North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District, Naples, FL
  • $633,746, Recruitment, Bardstown Fire Department, Bardstown, KY
  • $935,716, Hiring, Stratford Fire Department, Stratford, CT

Further award rounds will be announced on Fridays until SAFER has made all awards under the current year. Due to continued application scoring or other circumstances, some weeks may not have an award round. See all FY2015 SAFER fire grant awards

$1,954,413 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 6 FY2015 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S)

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced 13 Round 6 awards for the FY2015 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S). The previous award round, Round 5, was announced Sept. 9, 2016. Fire Service organizations receiving fire prevention grant awards totaling $1,954,413 include:

  • $5,048, Fire Prevention, Sandy City Fire Department, Sandy, UT
  • $11,528, Fire Prevention, Clarksville Fire Rescue, Clarksville, TN
  • $23,810, Fire Prevention, Fort Worth Fire Department, Fort Worth, TX
  • $82,096, Fire Prevention, Sun City Fire District, Sun City, AZ
  • $103,400, Research and Prevention, University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, KY
  • $680,320, Fire Prevention, NH State Fire Marshal’s Office, Concord, NH
  • $761,748, Fire Prevention, Institution of Fire Engineers, U.S. Branch, Kissimmee, FL

Further award rounds will be announced on Fridays until FP&S has made all awards under the current year. Due to continued application scoring or other circumstances, some weeks may not have an award round. See all FY2015 FP&S fire grant awards

$1,584,567 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 15 FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced 14 Round 15 awards for the FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). The previous award round, Round 14, was announced Sept. 9. Fire Service organizations receiving awards totaling $1,584,567 include:

  • $13,710, Wellness and Fitness Programs, Operations and Safety, Eagle Joint Fire District, Hubbard, OH
  • $24,044, Personal Protective Equipment, Operations and Safety, City of McKee Volunteer Fire Department, McKee, KY
  • $37,143, Personal Protective Equipment, Operations and Safety, Raymondville VFD, Raymondville, MO
  • $42,096, Personal Protective Equipment, Operations and Safety, Rawlins County District 3, Atwood, KS
  • $52,389, Equipment, Operations and Safety, Fort Johnson Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., Fort Johnson, NY
  • $63,120, Personal Protective Equipment, Operations and Safety, Richburg Fire Department, Richburg, SC
  • $112,869, Personal Protective Equipment, Operations and Safety, Waveland Community Volunteer Fire Dept. Inc., Waveland, IN
  • $137,143, Personal Protective Equipment, Operations and Safety, Pierre Part Volunteer Fire Department, Pierre Part, LA
  • $161,387, Personal Protective Equipment, Operations and Safety, Rensselaer Volunteer Fire Department, Rensselaer, IN
  • $676,441, Equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Operations and Safety, Detroit (MI) Fire Department, Detroit, MI

Further award rounds will be announced on Fridays until AFG has made all awards under the current year. Due to continued application scoring or other circumstances, some weeks may not have an award round. See all FY2015 AFG fire grant awards

$50,633,836 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 8 FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced 43 Round 8 awards for the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER). The previous award round, Round 7, was announced Sept. 2, 2016. Fire Service organizations receiving hiring fire grant awards and recruitment fire grant awards totaling $50,633,836 include:

  • $26,160, Recruitment, Niagara Engine Company No 6 Inc, Schoharie, NY
  • $79,000, Recruitment, Maytown East Donegal Township Fire Department, Maytown, PA
  • $247,500, Recruitment, City of Marina Fire Department, Marina, CA
  • $358,592, Recruitment, Paradise Valley Fire Service Area, Emigrant, MT
  • $698,745, Hiring, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District # 73, Molalla, OR
  • $978,000, Recruitment, State of Wyoming Fire Chiefs Association, Cheyenne, WY
  • $1,597,820, Hiring, Antonia Fire Protection District, Barnhart, MO
  • $3,767,280, Hiring, City of Flint Fire Department, Flint, MI
  • $5,049,612, Hiring, Elizabeth Fire Department, Elizabeth, NJ
  • $9,081,950, Hiring, City of Phoenix Fire Department, Phoenix, AZ

Further award rounds will be announced on Fridays until SAFER has made all awards under the current year. Due to continued application scoring or other circumstances, some weeks may not have an award round. See all FY2015 SAFER fire grant awards

$14,341,934 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 5 FY2015 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S)

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced 34 Round 5 awards for the FY2015 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S). The previous award round, Round 4, was announced Sept. 2, 2016. Fire Service organizations receiving fire prevention grant awards totaling $14,341,934 include:

  • $8,229, Fire Prevention, City of Kingman Fire Department, Kingman, AZ
  • $13,810, Fire Prevention, Sioux City Fire Rescue, Sioux City, IA
  • $23,589, Fire Prevention, Bloomfield Township Fire Department, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • $89,143, Fire Prevention, Colerain Twp Dept of Fire & EMS, Colerain Twp., OH
  • $119,000, Fire Prevention, MS. Department Of Insurance/St. Fire Marshal’s Ofc, Jackson, MS
  • $211,500, Fire Prevention, Lodi Fire and Rescue, Lodi, OH
  • $378,244, Fire Prevention, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • $742,909, Fire Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • $1,250,217, Fire Prevention, CFAI-Risk, Inc., Chantilly, VA
  • $1,499,964, Fire Prevention, International Association of Fire Fighters, Washington, DC

Further award rounds will be announced on Fridays until FP&S has made all awards under the current year. Due to continued application scoring or other circumstances, some weeks may not have an award round. See all FY2015 FP&S fire grant awards

$19,736,718 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 14 FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced 117 Round 14 awards for the FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). The previous award round, Round 13, was announced Sept. 2. Fire Service organizations receiving awards totaling $19,736,718 include:

  • $4,800, Equipment, All volunteer, Thomastown Volunteer Fire Department, Koscuisko, MS
  • $21,819, Training, All Paid/Career, City of Brookfield, Brookfield, WI
  • $50,477, Modify Facilities, All Paid/Career, Seymour Fire Department, Seymour, IN
  • $135,910, Equipment, All Paid/Career, Muskogee Fire Department, Muskogee, OK
  • $220,121, Modify Facilities and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Combination, City of Independence, Independence, OH
  • $335,347, Vehicle Acquisition, Combination, Evans Valley Fire District #6, Rogue River, OR
  • $555,637, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Combination, City of Santa Clara Fire Department, Santa Clara, CA
  • $718,291, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Combination, Munson Fire Department, Chardon, OH
  • $1,274,319, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), All Paid/Career, Charlotte Fire Department, Charlotte, NC
  • $3,058,866, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), All Paid/Career, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago, IL

Further award rounds will be announced on Fridays until AFG has made all awards under the current year. Due to continued application scoring or other circumstances, some weeks may not have an award round. See all FY2015 AFG fire grant awards

FY11-FY13 Grantee Closeouts, Procurement, Suspension/Debarment

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

Sept. 7, 2016 – FEMA has released details on grant closeout requirements, procurement activity – suspension and debarment, and period of performance.

Grant Closeout Requirements

The FY2013 Closeout module for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is now available. The module was deployed on August 12, 2016. If you received funding for an FY13 AFG award, closeout reports will be due as outlined:

1. If your grant period of performance expired before August 12, 2016, you will have 90 days from August 12th to submit your report; and,

2. If your period of performance has not yet expired, or expired AFTER August 12th, 2016, your closeout report will be due 90 days from the end of the period of performance.
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.

For all FY2011 and FY2012 AFG Grant Awards, 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. 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, we highly recommend 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.

Thank you for your continued participation in, and support of, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program!

AFG Application Period for FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Opens Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at 8 a.m. ET

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)The FY2016 AFG application period will open on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET. Application assistance tools are available. Begin your application now by utilizing the application assistance tools available below.

FY2016 AFG Application Guidance Materials

  • FY2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – Available Now
  • FY2016 AFG Grant Application Get Ready Guide
  • FY2016 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide
  • FY2016 AFG Self-Evaluation – Operations and Safety
  • FY2016 AFG Self-Evaluation – Vehicle Acquisition
  • FY2016 AFG Application Checklist
  • FY2016 AFG Cost Share Calculator

FY2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Available Now

It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) thoroughly. The NOFO contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants. You can now view the FY 2016 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

$23,716,978 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 13 FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced 207 Round 13 awards for the FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). The previous award round, Round 12, was announced Aug. 26. Fire Service organizations receiving awards totaling $23,716,978 include:

  • $2,046, Training ($2,235), Operations and Safety, All Paid/Career, Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, Orangeburg
  • $5,524, Training ($5,798), Operations and Safety, All volunteer, Millersville Rural Fire Protection District, Millersville
  • $50,953, Equipment ($52,500), Regional Request, All volunteer, Valley View Fire Protection District, Jonesboro
  • $95,239, Modify Facilities ($100,000), Operations and Safety, All volunteer, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, Kingsville
  • $128,572, EMS Equipment ($135,000), Operations and Safety, All Paid/Career, Lawrence County Ambulance Service, Lawrenceville
  • $342,182, Vehicle Acquisition ($375,000), Vehicle Acquisition, All Paid/Career, City of Soledad, Soledad
  • $350,191, Vehicle Acquisition ($367,500), Vehicle Acquisition, All volunteer, Montague Volunteer Fire Department, Montague
  • $761,459, Personal Protective Equipment ($837,604), Operations and Safety, All Paid/Career, VI Fire Services, Christiansted
  • $771,826, Personal Protective Equipment ($727,150), Regional Request, All volunteer, Wheeler Crest Fire Protection District, Swall Meadows
  • $825,513, Personal Protective Equipment ($900,864), Regional Request, All volunteer, Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department, Barboursville

Further award rounds will be announced on Fridays until AFG has made all awards under the current year. Due to continued application scoring or other circumstances, some weeks may not have an award round. See all FY2015 AFG fire grant awards