Round 5 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 5 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 86 fire grants totaling $8,289,324, including:

  • Benton New Hamburg Commerce Fire Protection District, Benton, MO, Operations and Safety, $1,334, Training ($1,400)
  • City of Fort Dodge Fire Department, Fort Dodge, IA, Regional Request, $10,257, Equipment ($11,282)
  • Northern Monroe County Fire Protection Territory, Bloomington, IN, Operations and Safety, $33,997, Wellness and Fitness Programs ($35,696)
  • Village of Homewood Fire Department , Homewood , IL, Operations and Safety, $58,210, Modify Facilities ($54,998) || Training ($6,120)
  • New Castle Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc., New Castle , KY, Operations and Safety, $80,477, Personal Protective Equipment ($83,000)
  • Fishing River Fire Protection District, Mosby, MO, Regional Request, $162,858, Equipment ($169,500)
  • Nelson County Fire and Rescue, Bardstown, KY, Operations and Safety, $190,546, Personal Protective Equipment ($209,600)
  • Center Point Fire District, Birmingham, AL, Regional Request, $331,367, Training ($364,003)
  • Clark County Fire District 3, Brush Prairie, WA, Operations and Safety, $408,560, Personal Protective Equipment ($416,125)
  • Fall River Fire Department, Fall River, MA, Operations and Safety, $416,366, Training ($458,002)

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.

4 First Responder Grants Clients Win $412,971 in Round 5 AFG FY 2017 Fire Grant Awards

Fire service organizations in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Ohio became the latest First Responder Grants clients to win fire grants from from the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. Four departments won a total of $412,971 in AFG grants during Round 5 awards, announced Aug. 8, 2018.

All four departments have worked with First Responder Grants to develop applications that put them in the winner’s circle.

New Hampshire’s Gilmanton Fire Department and Ohio’s Rio Grande Volunteer Fire Department will use their respective $50,000 and $25,772 AFG Operations and Safety fire grants toward purchasing equipment. Connecticut’s Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company and Ohio’s Ross Township Fire Department will use their respective $160,250 and $176,949 Operations and Safety AFG fire grants to purchase and replace Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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

“Even in the same state, multiple departments can face varying levels of need,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “These funds to procure equipment and PPE demonstrate the commitment of America’s firefighters to do their best to protect life, property, community, and personnel.”

About First Responder Grants

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.

Firefighter jobs: How SAFER grants can help you staff for compliance with NFPA 1710–1720

Firefighters

 

The Fund Finder News, by Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant, First Responder Grants

Firefighter jobs: The need is there—but do you have the funding to bring on the personnel?

NFPA 1710 and NFPA 1720 lay out guidelines for staffing levels for fire departments to maintain proper fireground safety during responses to structure fires. For example, if you’re responding to a structure fire at a 2,000 square foot, two-story, single-family home, here’s the staffing NFPA says you should have:

  • In an urban area (>1,000 people/square mile), at least 15 staff should respond within 9 minutes, 90% of the time
  • In a suburban area (500–1,000 people/square mile), at least 10 staff should respond within 10 minutes, 80% of the time
  • In a rural area (<500 people/square mile), at least 6 staff should respond within 14 minutes, 80% of the time
  • In a remote area (travel distance greater than 8 miles), at least 4 staff should respond, 90% of the time

Are you now looking around the fire hall and thinking, “Well that’s nice, but where am I going get the people to fill those boots?”

The SAFER way to staff fire jobs

Every year, fire service organizations around the country recruit and hire personnel. That’s not because they all suddenly discovered gold in the back of the bunker gear lockers either. It’s because they received SAFER grants, ranging from a few thousand dollars, to millions of dollars in direct grant funding to the department.

Administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the annual Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants make it possible for fire service organizations, like yours, to add personnel.

Before you apply for a SAFER grant

The SAFER program accepts applications once a year. In the meantime, that gives you ample opportunity to get ready for when the gates open.

Career, volunteer, and combination departments will all have to take different approaches in their grant application and narrative. (If you want to know more, you can contact one of our Senior Grant Consultants for advice.)

If you don’t have the numbers, you have the need

Take these early steps to figure out if you might be able to make a case for adding firefighter jobs with SAFER grant funding.

  1. Examine your current personnel levels and past personnel levels year to year.
  2. Review NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720: Are your staffing levels in compliance?
  3. Analyze your call logs for the past three years. How many times have you had insufficient numbers of personnel responding to an incident?

Having adequate personnel decreases the time it takes to respond to an incident and get a fire under control, which also decreases the chance of harm to firefighters and the public you are supposed to be protecting.

If you don’t have the numbers, you have the need. Now you can build your case for why your department should receive a SAFER grant.

Make sure your SAFER grant application includes…

Remember, your grant application isn’t you asking for a handout. Your SAFER grant application’s job is to paint a picture of why your department is in need, and to offer a solution to the problem you’ve outlined. SAFER funding is just to help you carry the ball into the end zone.

When working on your SAFER grant, any solution you offer must:

  • Result in compliance with NFPA1710/1720 at least 85% of the time
  • Reflect that you reviewed records for the past three years
  • Determine how many times your department did not comply and what that percentage is

The lower the compliance rate, the better chance you have to get funded. Again though, remember that your solution must gain your department NFPA 1710/1720 compliance at least 85% of the time.

Keeping those jobs after SAFER funding is essential

SAFER isn’t a permanent solution to your staffing levels though. The intent of the program is to help get your department to better staffing levels. It’s your department’s responsibility to keep those jobs going after the SAFER funding period.

As part of your application, detail out how your department will continue funding these new firefighter jobs beyond the SAFER grant’s funding timeframe. You need to offer a sound sustainability plan, such as funds coming from:

  • Bonds retiring
  • Tax abatements from lured industrial facilities or new developments expiring
  • Attrition through retirement
  • Measured economic growth
  • Completion of projects that are already underway that will yield tax revenue upon completion. This cannot be “maybe projects,” though. Work must be underway, with a completion date prior to the grant performance period ending, in order for this to be considered a viable source of revenue to a proposed sustainability plan.

Better staffing and improved incident response

SAFER is a competitive program. But for a department that can demonstrate need and show a path forward beyond the SAFER grant, odds are decent that you just might be filling some more fire boots, complying with NFPA staffing guidelines, and improving your overall department safety and incident response.

If you wish to start considering a SAFER grant for your department for hiring firefighters, it would be beneficial for you to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity for last year’s SAFER grant. Typically the rules don’t change much from year to year.

Download a pdf of the 2017 NOFO for SAFER here

Or, copy-and-paste this link this into your browser:

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1520885778340-63be0643f104f6e5e598312a80caf2bf/FY2017SAFERNOFOFINAL.pdf

Round 4 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 4 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 94 fire grants totaling $14,217,497, including:

  • Bad Rock Vol Fire Department, Columbia Falls, MT, Operations and Safety, $3,810, Training
  • Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Terryville, CT, Operations and Safety, $19,048, EMS Training
  • Benton New Hamburg Commerce Fire Protection District, Benton, MO, Regional Request, $28,000, Training
  • Modoc Volunteer Fire Department, Modoc, SC, Operations and Safety, $84,429, Equipment
  • Seadrift Volunteer Fire Department , Seadrift, TX, Vehicle Acquisition, $152,000, Vehicle Acquisition
  • Fairview Fire District, Poughkeepsie, NY, Operations and Safety, $275,046, Training
  • Wilson Fire Co. #1, Peckville, PA, Regional Request, $360,819, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • City of Portland Fire Department, Portland, ME, Vehicle Acquisition, $681,819, Vehicle Acquisition
  • Potomac Fire Company Number 2, Incorporated, Westernport, MD, Regional Request, $935,182, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Providence Fire Department, Providence, RI, Operations and Safety, $993,309, Training ($829,739) and Wellness and Fitness Programs

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 4 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 4 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 12 fire service hiring grants totaling $7,454,572, including:

  • LaFayette Fire Department, LaFayette, GA, Hiring, $184,593
  • Bureau of Fire-City of Butler, Butler, PA, Hiring, $383,875
  • Superior Township Fire Department, Ypsilanti, MI, Hiring, $616,761
  • City of Helena Fire Department, Helena, MT, Hiring, $811,410
  • St George City Of, St. George, UT, Hiring, $993,672

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

2 First Responder Grants Clients Win $817,109 in Round 3 AFG FY 2017 Fire Grant Awards

Missouri’s Wolf Creek Fire Protection Association, Farmington, and Central Crossing Fire Protection District, Shell Knob, won a combined $817,109 during Round 3 awards from the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

Both departments have worked with First Responder Grants to develop applications that put them in the winner’s circle.

Wolf Creek Fire Protection Association will use their $660,728 toward a Regional Request for PPE. Central Crossing Fire Protection District will put their $156,381 Operations and Safety fire grant toward a combination of training and PPE.

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

“Regional requests can be a crucial way for departments to band together and access grant funding from sources such as AFG,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “Replacing and updating PPE is a mission-critical way for departments to maintain readiness and safety.”

About First Responder Grants

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.

Fall & winter grant training schedule

Before we know it, summer will be on the wane. Vacations will be ending. School will be starting. Someday the temperature might even cool off…

As we start to think about fall and–can you believe it?–the year to come, it’s also a great time to talk with your department and municipality about getting grant-writing training. Since our training is only for first responders, emergency management, and public safety agencies, it’s tailored exactly for what you need to write and send out the most competitive grants you can.

Check out our schedule and sign up for the in-person or online class that’s best for you.

Carmel, NY, Nov. 16 -17, 2018

Old Bridge, NJ, Dec. 10 – 11, 2018

Shelby, NC, Jan. 24-25, 2019

Round 4 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 4 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 91 fire grants totaling $11,013,013, including:

  • Schodack Valley Fire Company, Castleton, NY, Operations and Safety, $3,429, Training
  • City of Fitchburg Fire Department, Fitchburg, WI, Operations and Safety, $15,678, Training
  • Tangent Rural Fire Protection District, Tangent, OR, Operations and Safety, $59,048, Modify Facilities
  • Mcdonald Fire Department, Mcdonald, OH, Vehicle Acquisition, $144,286, Vehicle Acquisition
  • Ogemaw County EMS Authority, West Branch, MI, Operations and Safety, $166,835, EMS Equipment
  • Fredericksburg Fire Company No 1, Fredericksburg, PA, Regional Request, $173,334, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Independence Fire District, Independence, KY, Operations and Safety, $83,388, Training
  • Rincon Valley Fire Protection District , Windsor, CA, Operations and Safety, $272,273, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ozark Fire Department, Ozark, AL, Vehicle Acquisition, $371,524, Vehicle Acquisition
  • Spokane County Fire District 10, AIRWAY HEIGHTS, WA, Operations and Safety, $603,238, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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 3 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 3 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 18 fire service hiring grants totaling $17,092,514, including:

  • Freetown Fire Department, East Freetown, MA, Hiring, $258,445
  • Bedford Township Fire Department, Temperance, MI, Hiring, $536,071
  • Southington Fire Department, Southington, CT, Hiring, $888,977
  • Hollister Fire Department, Hollister, CA, Hiring, $2,591,108
  • City of Lynn, Massachusetts, Lynn, MA, Hiring, $3,456,281

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