Round 1 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 1 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 2 fire grants totaling $1,069,219, including:

  • City of La Feria, La Feria, TX, Hiring, $244,193
  • East Cleveland Fire Department, East Cleveland, OH, Hiring, $825,026

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

2 First Responder Grants Clients Win $236,182 in Round 2 AFG FY 2017 Fire Grant Awards

Hualapai Nation Emergency Services of Arizona and Beaver Falls Fire Department of Pennsylvania won a combined $236,182 during Round 2 awards from the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

Beaver Falls FD of Beaver Falls, PA, has been a First Responder Grants client since 2008. They will use their $23,324 fire grant to purchase new fire hose.

In addition to providing fire and EMS services to the Hualapai Tribe in Arizona, Hualapai Nation Emergency Services also operates the Grand Canyon Sky-Walk. They will use their $212,858 AFG fire grant for new cardiac monitors for their ambulances. A First Responder Grants client since 2015, Hualapai Nation Emergency Services also won AFG fire grants in 2015 and 2016, for a grand total of $486,878 in fire grant awards.

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

“From small towns to Native American tribal lands, AFG helps fire service organizations replace outdated equipment and procure new gear that helps departments better protect their personnel and their communities,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “With the quantity and variety of potential public safety threats on the increase, departments need the AFG program more than ever.”

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.

Round 2 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 2 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 75 fire grants totaling $10,212,063, including:

  • Bunkom Hill New Hope Volunteer Fire Department, Booneville, MS, Operations and Safety, $3,810, Training
  • Lawrence Fire Department, Lawrence, MA, Operations and Safety, $16,364, Training
  • Beaver Falls Fire Department, Beaver Falls, PA, Operations and Safety, $23,324, Equipment
  • South Santa Clara County Fire District, Morgan Hill, CA, Operations and Safety, $76,882, Modify Facilities
  • Hualapai Nation Emergency Services , Peach Springs, AZ, Operations and Safety, $212,858, Equipment
  • Brockton Fire Department, Brockton, MA, Operations and Safety, $578,215, Equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Perrysville Volunteer Fire Company, Pittsburgh, PA, Regional Request, $720,664, 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 1 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)A little over a week after Independence Day 2018, the newest round of AFG fire grant awards has begun. FEMA has announced Round 1 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 213 fire grants totaling $34,799,291, including:

  • Taylorville Fire Department, Taylorville, IL, Regional Request, $3,410, Training
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, State Fire Training Academy, $163,653, Equipment
  • Waterbury Fire Department, Waterbury, CT, Regional Request, $295,264, Equipment ($279,790) || Training ($45,000)
  • Pawtucket Fire Department, Pawtucket , RI, Operations and Safety, $299,795, Modify Facilities, Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Calypso Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Calypso, NC, Regional Request, $909,005, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Colorado Department of Public Safety/Division of Fire Safety, Denver, CO, State Fire Training Academy, $500,000, Equipment
  • Everett Fire Department, Everett, WA, Vehicle Acquisition, $927,944, 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.

1 First Responder Grants Client Wins $33,517 in Round 1 AFG FY 2017 Fire Grant Awards

Port Royal EMS, Inc., of Port Royal, PA, worked with First Responder Grants and won $33,517 AFG fire grant during Round 1 awards from the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

Port Royal EMS will use the fire grant award to procure new Personal Protective Equipment.

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

“AFG helps fire service organizations nationwide procure mission-critical equipment and training,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “AFG is more competitive than ever, and I’m glad we could help Port Royal put forth an AFG application that stood out from the pack. Congratulations to all AFG winners!”

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.

NIMS Alert 18-18: FEMA releases revised IS-100.c and IS-700.b online courses

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FEMA is pleased to release 2 revised online NIMS courses:

IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. The course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

IS-700.b, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

This course provides an overview of NIMS. NIMS defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community–all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector–to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Together, these two online courses form the foundation of NIMS training for all incident personnel.

Classroom versions will be released later this summer

The classroom versions of IS-100.c and IS-700.b are also under revision and will be released later this summer.

Please note that IS-100.c and IS-700.b are updated versions of the IS-100.b and IS-700.a courses. If you have successfully completed a previous version of these courses there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised versions of the courses. However, because these courses contain new information based on the revised NIMS, October 2017, you may find it informative to review the new versions of these courses. Previous versions of these revised courses will be archived upon release of the revised courses. This will include archiving the seven discipline-specific versions of ICS 100 for the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Workers, Healthcare/Hospitals, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, Public Works and Schools. The new ICS 100 includes discipline-specific content.

The new courses will be available through the EMI website https://training.fema.gov/is/. Students will still have access to tests for the legacy versions of these courses (IS-100.b and IS-700.a) for 30 days after release of the new courses.

An additional 28 NIMS curriculum courses are in final revisions for NIMS 2017 and will be released as they are completed and approved for release.

Got a Federal grant? File this by June 30

If your agency has any Federal grants that are not officially closed, there’s a deadline looming that you need to stop and take care of now (if you haven’t already).

If your grant is open for any reason–including the unavailability of a closeout module–you must file a form SF-425 no later than June 30, 2018.

Failure to keep up with these reports may result in your remaining funds being locked, rejection of any grant currently under submission, and/or refusal to accept future grant applications.

Grants.gov has everything you need to take care of this filing, including:

  • Form SF-425 (PDF)
  • Form Schema
  • Form Items Description (FID)
  • Form Instructions

Don’t delay, file it today!

Go to Federal Financial Report SF-425

House Approves Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On June 22, 2018, the US House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act.  The bipartisan legislation creates a specialized national registry to provide researchers and epidemiologists with the tools and resources needed to improve research collection activities related to the monitoring of cancer incidence among firefighters.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2019 Homeland Security, Fire Grants Spending Bills

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On June 21, 2018, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security spending bill. The legislation appropriates $55.15 billion for programs and activities within the Department of Homeland Security. The Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs are funded at $700 million, split evenly between the two programs. This is the same amount Congress provided for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18).

The bill also provides $44 million for the United States Fire Administration (USFA), with an additional $1.5 million for infrastructure improvements at USFA’s Emmitsburg, MD campus. USFA received a total of $44.397 million in funding for FY18. The Urban Search and Rescue System is funded at $35.180 million in the bill, the same level of funding as appropriated for the current fiscal year.

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FEMA releases NIMS job titles/position qualifications and resource typing definitions

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyFEMA’s National Integration Center has released 107 NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions.

Today’s release includes Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions under the following core capabilities:

  • Critical Transportation
  • Environmental Response/Health and Safety
  • Fatality Management Services
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • On-scene Security, Protection and Law Enforcement
  • Operational Coordination
  • Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
  • Risk Management for Protection Programs and Activities
  • Situational Assessment

Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building a culture of preparedness. NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.

To view the NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions, go to the Resource Typing Library Tool: https://rtlt.preptoolkit.fema.gov/Public.\