Senate Approves Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)Bipartisan legislation is making its way through Congress: the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act is intended to create a national registry to aid in monitoring cancer occurrences in firefighters nationwide.

The Senate’s amended bill now goes to the House.

Full story: Senate Approves Firefighter Cancer Registry Act – Congressional Fire Services Institute

COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

COPSUp to $10 million for community policing

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: June 7, 2018, 7:59 PM EDT

Develop and implement community policing programs in your jurisdiction

The 2018 Community Policing Development Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through:

  • training and technical assistance
  • the development of innovative community policing strategies
  • field-directed law enforcement microgrants
  • guidebooks, and
  • best practices that are national in scope

The COPS Office, a federal provider of innovative, customer-focused resources that address the continuing and emerging needs of those engaged in enhancing public safety through community policing, has designed the CPD solicitation to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing.

What this grant does for your agency

Community Policing Development (CPD) funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities. The 2018 CPD program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective community policing strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement and community partners, increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using proven community policing practices and institutionalize community policing practice in routine business.

Agencies awarded the COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program receive funds for projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Incorporating Community Policing into Contemporary Broken Windows Theory Applications
  • Supporting First Amendment Rights: The Community Policing Approach
  • Partnerships to Address Labor Trafficking
  • Online Law Enforcement Training
  • Supporting First-Line Supervisors
  • Field-Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants
    • Peer Support for Officer Safety and Wellness
    • Human Trafficking
    • Hate Crimes
    • Recruitment and Hiring
    • Incident-Specific After-Action Reviews
    • Child and Youth Engagement
  • Open Topic Area
  • Tribal Training and Technical Assistance

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

The Fiscal Year 2018 Community Policing Development (CPD) Program is a competitive solicitation, open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

About the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, June 7, 2018.

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Needs and Capabilities Assessment: Why and How Do We Accomplish This?

Needs Assessment

There is an old saying that floats about and holds a special truth not only in how we conduct our daily operations, but also in how we go about applying to grant funding sources. That saying is:

“If You Fail to Plan, You Can Plan to Fail!”

Proper planning involves a myriad of things, one of which is assuring that you have proper manpower and equipment to carry out your basic mission for your citizens.

Get the facts of what you need to know about your department’s ability to respond to incidents

One of the tools that you should be using in that planning is a needs and capabilities assessment. It is one of the first things that you need to do, especially if you are the Chief of the Department.

This report is what gives you the facts you need to know about how well prepared your department is to carry out its primary function, whether that be a Fire/EMS or Law Enforcement agency. It gives you a “State of the Union” report, so to speak, about your department.

So, just exactly what is a “Needs and Capabilities Assessment,” and how do we go about doing one?

Inventory all the equipment the department has

The first thing to do is a complete inventory of all equipment the department has. This inventory should include the following:

Personal Protective Equipment

  • What is your PPE? Whether that be structural turnout gear, wildland gear, ballistic protection equipment, or specialty haz-mat suits, inventory and assess all PPE
  • How many coats, pants, fire hoods, boots, helmets, goggles, gloves, etc., do you have?
  • What are the ages of each piece?
  • When was it purchased and to what national standard/edition does it comply with?
  • What is the condition of the equipment exactly?
  • How do you clean and repair it?
  • Where is it stored it when not in use?

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

  • How many SCBA sets do you have?
  • Describe them well?
  • When were they purchased?
  • How many spare bottles do you have, and what is their age and NFPA standard/edition of compliance?
  • When are your bottles going to expire?
  • How many facemasks do you have? When were they purchased, and to what standard/edition do they comply?
  • What is wrong, exactly, with the SCBA or bottles?
  • How much money have you expended in the past 2 years repairing or inspecting these bottles?
  • Do you have a compressor-fill station to fill bottles with? How old is it? What is it costing you to maintain? If you don’t have one how do you fill your bottles now?

Hoses

  • Do you have enough hose to meet NFPA1901 compliance on each apparatus?
  • What hose testing have you done, and what were the results?
  • How much hose has been taken out of service and needs to be replaced?
  • What size and lengths are needed?
  • What appliances or nozzles and attachments do you have? What is wrong with them?
  • Are your hoses compatible with surrounding mutual aid departments?

Apparatus/Vehicles

  • You should obtain a complete list of each apparatus by year of manufacture, manufacturer, pump and tank size.
  • Number of seat belted positions?
  • Number of SCBA carried onboard?
  • Mileage, hours on pumps and engines?
  • How much money in maintenance has been spent during last 2-3 years?
  • Is each apparatus passing its tech inspection for pumping capacity or aerial operations?
  • Are they all properly equipped with emergency lighting and properly marked to NFPA standards?

Miscellaneous Tools

  • How many vent saws, PPV fans, ceiling tools, flappers, axes, pike poles, ladders, hydraulic rescue tools, generators and scene lighting equipment do you have?
  • What condition are these tools in?

Assess all personnel, training, and certifications

The next thing in completing the Needs and Capabilities Assessment involves personnel.

  • How many members do you have?
  • How many are active FFs?
  • How many are strictly support staffs or fire police?
  • How many are trained to the equivalent of or certified at FF1 and FF2?
  • What about EMTs?
  • How many hold dual certification, and to what level?
  • Are all of your people compliant with NIMS?
  • How do you staff?

Facilities

  • What about your station houses?
  • How many stations do you have?
  • How are they staffed?
  • What is the condition of each?
  • Do any need major repairs? If so, how much is it anticipated to cost to repair?
  • Do you have living quarters in them?
  • Do they have an auxiliary emergency generator supporting them?
  • Do they have Vehicle Exhaust Removal Systems?
  • Are they ADA compliant?
  • Do they need expansion in terms of living space, admin offices, training rooms, wellness and fitness rooms etc.?

Call Volume & Incident Response

Next, you need to do an analysis of the past three years of your department’s call volumes.

  • Are you seeing increases in certain areas and why?
  • Are you staying level with call volume, or are you increasing or decreasing?
  • What kind of critical infrastructure are you exposed to exactly?
  • How much mutual aid are you calling for or responding for?

What to do once you have the data

Once you have gone through these questions and gathered the data for them, you should be able to sit down and do a comprehensive report delineating data and statistics for them all. This now becomes a planning tool not only in budgetary matters, but in looking toward the future operations of the department. It also becomes a sheet you can turn to in deciding what you might need to be asking for in your grant applications.

Knowing where shortcomings are helps you to develop a “wants vs. needs” list, and there is a distinct difference between the two.

A “wants” list is items or equipment which would make your tasks easier to perform or give you additional capabilities, but it is not a critical piece of equipment for you to perform your basic mission tasks. It’s good to know what your department wants, but wants won’t help you get grants.

Identify the needs and seek grants to fill those needs

When you are dealing with federal grant programs, you want to be looking at your “needs” list and seeing which items or equipment on that list are listed as a priority of the funding source to whom you are applying for.

Most of the federal grant programs (including AFG, FP&S and SAFER) pretty much require you to make your request based upon the results of a “Needs and Capabilities” study you have either had prepared or accomplished on your own.

When you read the RFP/NOFO of the grant program, it will always spell out what priority certain requests will have. Never go for anything other than a high priority on any grant program if you expect to be successful. This is where the document you are producing comes in really handy, as it will allow you to prioritize the wants and needs on your list according to what the program funding source’s priorities are.

Although it might seem like the proverbial pain in the backside to do, once you’ve completed your needs assessment it can be a guidance document for you in many different decisions involved in efficient and safe operations for your department. Having completed a needs assessment can also increase your likelihood of being funded, by assuring that you have formed the proper nexus between your needs and that of the program funding source. Many grant programs will give higher priority to those requests that are submitted based upon a “Needs and Capabilities” assessment.

Complete and Submit Your Application: Deadline Apr. 27 for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (Safer)

Application Period Closes This Friday, April 27, 2018, at 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Update from FEMA

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThere is still plenty of time to complete and submit your FY 2017 SAFER application. The application period will close this Friday, April 27, 2018. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Make every effort to submit your application early as no exceptions will be made for submissions after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Complete and submit your application today at https://portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home. Utilize all of the available application resources below:

Application Review Checklist

  • Proofread your application: Mistakes or errors on your SAFER application can disqualify your organization for grant award consideration.
  • Remove any “filler” or placeholder text and update each application field with your final answer.
  • Does your narrative explain your organizations needs in a way that someone would easily understand?
  • Make sure that you have described your organization’s needs in your voice, do not use boilerplate language or copy from vendors, manufacturers, etc.
  • Check the quantities and costs for all budgeted line items that you are requesting and confirm that there are no discrepancies between the Request Details section of the application and the Narrative.
  • Ensure that you have included costs for all items and/or activities that are needed to implement your grant, if awarded.
  • Have all application fields or questions been answered?
  • Ask a colleague who is not involved with the actual writing of the grant to proofread your application.
  • Make sure that all facts and figures are accurate throughout the entire application.
  • *Applications cannot be edited once submitted*

Submitting Preparer Information

FEMA requires that all applicants disclose the name, address, and contact information of the person or organization, to include contracted grant writers, who are responsible for preparing the SAFER application. Applicants must attest that all information contained within the application, including preparer information, is true, complete, and accurate at the time of submission.

Please contact the SAFER Help Desk if you contract with a grant writer and they either refuse or ask not to be identified in the preparer information section of the application.

Have Last-Minute Questions or Problems?

If you have last-minute questions about applying for a SAFER grant, or are having technical problems with the electronic application, call the Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or send an e-mail to firegrants@fema.dhs.gov. The Help Desk staff will be on hand to help applicants through the end of the application period.

  • Having computer or technical problems? Late submissions will not be accepted even if due to problems such as expired passwords, technical malfunctions. If you are having a problem submitting your application, you must report the problem to the Help Desk before the application deadline of Friday, April 28, 2018 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Formal submission of the completed application is required. Many applications appear to be nearly complete or are 100 percent complete but have not been officially submitted into the electronic eGrant application system. No application will be processed automatically or considered for funding unless the applicant properly submits the request and receives a subsequent e-mail confirmation.
  • No confirmation e-mail received? All applicants should receive an e-mail confirmation to document their submissions. If you have submitted your application but not yet received an e-mail confirmation in your eGrant application mailbox, contact the Help Desk.

Web Browser Reminders

For best results, use Internet Explorer when completing your online SAFER application. Alternate browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari, may have limited functionality in the application.

Avoid opening multiple web browsers or multiple windows when completing and submitting your SAFER application; this has caused technical problems for some users.

There are several known problems entering application information using non-IE browsers or having multiple browsers open, including but not limited to:

  • System failure to recognize correct information
  • System failure to capture and retain correct information
  • System functions like “cut and paste” being disabled

Issues Special Characters In Username Passwords

Applicants have received password error messages when entering their digital signature in the Assurances and Certifications section of the application and on the Application Submission page. To avoid this issue in your application, if your password contains any special characters (!@#$%^&*()?=+;:), you will need to change your password to remove the characters and include letters and numbers only.

If you need assistance with changing your password, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

If your username contains the @ symbol, you may experience issues locating your FY 2017 SAFER application once it has been started. If your username include the @ symbol, please contact the SAFER Grants Help Desk. Do not attempt to start a new FY 2017 SAFER application after you have already started one.

Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)

BVP body armor grant - Bulletproof Vest PartnershipBody armor for state and local law enforcement

Grant Website and Guidelines

Grant Deadline: All applications must be submitted online by 6:00 pm ET, May 29, 2018

Over 1 million body armor vests awarded since 1999

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement. Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions, a total of $430 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,294,837) as of July, 2017).

What this grant does for your agency

Agencies awarded the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) receive funds for state and local law enforcement officers to procure body armor.

Documentation Requirement: Grantees are required to keep documentation to support the BVP vest application and payment requests for at least a three year period.

Other Federal Funds: Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds or other federal funding sources may not be used to pay for that portion of the bullet proof vest (50%) that is not covered by BVP funds. JAG or other federal funds may be used to purchase vests for an agency, but they may not be used as the 50% match for BVP purposes.

NEW: Uniquely Fitted Armor Vest Requirement The BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 included a provision that states that BJA may give preferential consideration to BVP recipients that provide armor vests to law enforcement officers that are uniquely fitted for such officers, including vests uniquely fitted to individual female law enforcement officers. This provision is applicable to FY 17 BVP awards moving forward. Please see the BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 amendment for reference: https://www.congress.gov/114/plaws/publ155/PLAW-114publ155.pdf.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines

About the OJP

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 6:00 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018.

Apply

Apply for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)

CFSI Releases 2018 Legislative Outlook

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) has released its Legislative Outlook for the Second Session of the 115th Congress. In 2018, Congress is considering many issues of critical importance to the nation’s fire and emer­gency services. Actions taken by Congress will have a direct impact on the fire service’s ability to prepare for, respond to, prevent, and mitigate incidents both large and small, natural and man-made, local and national in scope. The CFSI Legislative Outlook is synopsis of some critical issues that will be considered during the Second Session of the 115th Congress…

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FY 2018 Research and Evaluation on Hate Crimes

NIJ National Institute of Justice

Improve and create programs to reduce hate crimes

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 3, 2018

Grants up to $1.5 million to understand hate crimes

NIJ is seeking applications for research and evaluation to:

  • understand the motivations and pathways to hate crime offending;
  • determine whether programs targeted at hate crime offenders are effective at reducing reoffending;
  • determine whether programs that work with victims of hate crimes and their communities are effective at reducing the harms caused by hate crimes; and
  • provide information that will improve investigative and prosecutorial outcomes.
  • All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 3, 2018

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.

Learn how to become an NIJ proposal peer reviewer.

Help

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service:

What this grant does for your agency

This solicitation seeks to address several research gaps that remain. NIJ has identified the following research priorities:

  • Examining the characteristics and motivations of offenders, including an understanding of pathways to hate crime offending. Research that develops new or tests existing typologies of hate crime offenders is also a priority. Information about the characteristics, motivations, and trajectories of individuals who commit hate crimes can aid in the development of evidence-informed interventions that match intervention components to
    targeted groups to prevent hate crimes from occurring.
  • Identifying effective interventions targeted at preventing hate crime offenders from reoffending.
    Identifying effective interventions for addressing the needs of hate crime victims and their communities or working with individuals who commit hate crimes to prevent reoffending. Evaluation of interventions for victims of hate crime would be of particular relevance to victim service providers, while evaluating justice-based interventions aimed at offenders will help to inform the justice system about the most effective ways to prevent reoffending.
  • Conducting research to assist police and prosecutors in responding to, investigating and prosecuting hate crimes. Research that has implications for increasing victim reporting, identifying effective strategies for investigating and prosecuting hate crimes, and improving data collection will be considered under this priority area. The need for improved data collection and research to assist law enforcement and prosecutors were identified as priorities at the 2017 Hate Crimes Summit hosted at OJP.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Federal Award Information

NIJ expects to make up to 2 awards with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $1.5 million. Awards will normally not exceed a three-year period of performance.

An applicant should base its federal funding request and period of performance on the actual requirements of the research, and not necessarily on the anticipated amount of funding available in FY 2018 for awards under this solicitation nor to fit within a three-year period of performance. However, to expedite the budget approval process, applicants are encouraged to break out their budgets by project year or by phases in the event that NIJ choses to fund the project partially or incrementally.

NIJ expects that any award under this solicitation will be made in the form of a grant or
cooperative agreement.

To allow time for (among other things) any necessary post-award review and financial clearance by OJP of the proposed budget and for any associated responses or other action(s) that may be required of the recipient, applicants should propose an award start date of January 1, 2019.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

About NIJ

NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. More https://nij.gov/about/Pages/welcome.aspx

Apply

Grants.gov number assigned to this solicitation: NIJ-2018-13961

Apply for the FY 2018 NIJ Research and Evaluation on Hate Crimes

FY 2018 Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI)Improve the safety of schools, students, and communities across the nation

Grant website

Grant guidelines

Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 7, 2018.

Grants up to $13 million for school safety

Overview

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding under the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI). This program furthers the Department’s mission by funding rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of schools and students. The initiative is carried out through partnerships among researchers, educators, and other
stakeholders, including law enforcement and mental health professionals. Projects funded under the CSSI are designed to produce knowledge that can be applied to schools and school districts across the nation for years to come. This solicitation includes five funding categories, with different expectations and requirements, to accomplish the purposes of the CSSI.

What this grant does for your department

The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) funds rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of students and schools. The CSSI is carried out through partnerships between researchers, educators, and other stakeholders; including law enforcement, behavioral and mental health professionals, courts, and other justice system professionals. Projects funded under the CSSI are designed to improve school safety knowledge that can be applied to schools and school districts across the nation, for years to come.

This solicitation includes five funding categories with different expectations and requirements to accomplish the purposes of the CSSI:

  • Category 1: Developing Novel and Innovative School Safety Programs, Practices, and Strategies
  • Category 2: Demonstration, Evaluation, and Validation Tests for School Safety
  • Category 3: Expanding the Use of Effective Interventions Through Scaling-Up
  • Category 4: Research on School Safety
  • Category 5: Translation and Dissemination of Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Findings

Review the solicitation.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.

Learn how to become an NIJ proposal peer reviewer.

Federal Award Information

  • For Category 1: NIJ estimates that a total of $5 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made with performance periods ranging from 24-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 2: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $11 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made with performance periods ranging from 24-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 3: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $13 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made with performance periods ranging from 24-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 4: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $7 million will become available. NIJ anticipates that it will make awards with performance periods ranging from 12-24 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 5: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $3 million will become available. NIJ anticipates that it will make awards with performance periods ranging from 36-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of cooperative agreements.

Help

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service:

Apply

Grants.gov number assigned to this solicitation: NIJ-2018-14140

Apply online at Grants.gov

Application Period for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Is Open

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 SAFER Grant application period is now open and will close on Friday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. ET. We recommend that you start your application today by reviewing the FY 2017 SAFER Application Technical Assistance Tools. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants plan their FY 2017 SAFER applications.

Please make sure that you have thoroughly reviewed the FY 2017 SAFER Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), prior to beginning your application. The SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) should also be reviewed as they provide more detailed information and explanations. As you being to develop the narrative portion of your application, the Self-Evaluation tools will be beneficial as the peer reviews will use them when scoring your application. If you are applying for a Recruitment and Retention Activity Grant, the Request Details Description Instructions will be extremely important when completing the application.

FY 2017 SAFER Application Materials

SAFER Grants Help Desk

If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

FY 2017 Safer Live Webinars

FEMA will host live Adobe Connect webinars to provide an overview of the FY 2017 SAFER Grant Program, including both the Hiring of Firefighters activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters activity. The presentations will outline important information and reminders about cost share requirements (hiring activity), program priorities, eligible costs, and the application and award process for the SAFER Grant Program. FEMA Fire Program Specialists will be available to answer your questions.

Live Webinars

To participate

Webinar sessions will be broadcast using an Adobe Connect webinar link with call-in phone number for audio transmission. We suggest that you save this link to your browser’s favorites.

The Adobe Connect webinar can be found at: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/fy2017safer/. To access the webinar follow these steps:

  1. Click on the webinar link
  2. Select “enter as a guest” and provide your name and your department’s name. Click on enter the room
    Agree to the terms of the Adobe Connect system, Click on “OK”
  3. For the audio transmission, the call-in number is: 1-800-320-4330. Enter pin 955398 followed by #.

Not sure if the webinar is working on your computer? Test your webinar access now by signing in as a guest, just visit: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/fy2017safer/

Web Browser Reminders

For best results, use Internet Explorer when completing your online SAFER application. Alternate browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari, may have limited functionality in the application.

Avoid opening multiple web browsers or multiple windows when completing and submitting your SAFER application; this has caused technical problems for some users.

There are several known problems entering application information using non-IE browsers or having multiple browsers open, including but not limited to:

  1. System failure to recognize correct information
  2. System failure to capture and retain correct information
  3. System functions like “cut and paste” being disabled

Submitting Preparer Information

FEMA requires that all applicants disclose the name, address and contact information of the person or organization, to include contracted grant writers, who are responsible for preparing the SAFER application. Please ensure that this information is accurate at the time of submission. As a reminder, all applicants must attest that all information contained within the application, including preparer information, to be true, complete, and accurate to the best of your knowledge. If you contract with a grant writer, and they either refuse, or provide advice to not list them in the preparer information section of the application, please notify the SAFER program office.

Issues: Special Characters In Username Passwords

Applicants have received password error messages when entering their digital signature in the Assurances and Certifications section of the application and on the Application Submission page. To avoid this issue in your application, if your password contains any special characters (!@#$%^&*()?=+;:), you will need to change your password to remove the characters and include letters and numbers only.

If you need assistance with changing your password, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

If your username contains the @ symbol, you may experience issues locating your FY 2017 SAFER application once it has been started. If your username include the @ symbol, please contact the SAFER Grants Help Desk. Do not attempt to start a new FY 2017 SAFER application after you have already started one.

Congress Passes Fiscal Year 2018 Spending Package, Increases Funding for Fire Service Programs

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On Mar. 22, 2018, Congress approved an omnibus spending bill to fund programs and activities of the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. The government has been operating on a series of continuing resolutions since October 1, 2017, the beginning of the current fiscal year.

Included in the spending package is funding for several programs of significance to the nation’s fire and emergency services. The Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs are funded at $700 million, split evenly between the two programs. This is an increase of $10 million from the previous year’s appropriation. Additionally, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) is funded at $42.9 million, with an additional $1.497 million for infrastructure improvements at the National Fire Academy. This is a slight increase from the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) funding level.

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