Mark Stowe, Fire Chief, City of Beaver Falls Fire Department, PA

“On behalf of the Beaver Falls Fire Department, PA, I want to thank you for all of your assistance over the past year. As you know, with your help, we were successful at obtaining a 2017 AFG grant for fire hose. I feel very confident that we will be successful with this grant also. I appreciate you taking the time to discuss with me what we had the best possible chance of winning a grant with. I want you to know how much I appreciate your immediate response every time I called you.

“Going back ten years when I attended your grant workshop in West Virginia, I realized that you were a wealth of knowledge with successfully writing grants. After attending your class I was successful almost each year with obtaining AFG grants. Your method and flow of how to write these grants are very effective.

“In closing, I want you to know how much I appreciate all your assistance and advice over the years. It’s because of you that our fire department has state-of-the-art equipment and our firefighters are protected the best possible way. You may always use me as a reference to any fire department.”

Chief Peter Tyc, Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company, Middlefield, Connecticut

Winner of a $86,667 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant

On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company, I wish to thank you for your assistance in preparing our 2017 AFG grant.

As you know, it was awarded in Round 4 for the full amount that was requested. After applying for the past 3 years, I believe your insight in clearly identifying the needs of the Fire Company was crucial in the award.

From the first day of the class you provided information and ideas that we never considered, and you helped identify the key points in all of the narratives. Your continued assistance is also appreciated in preparing for the actual purchase process and subsequent filing of all the paperwork.

You provide a complete grant assistance program from start to finish. Kurt, I thank you again for your assistance, patience, and expertise. You certainly made an impact on our grants application and will continue to do so.

Ricky Boyd, Fire Chief, Waxahachie Fire-Rescue, Waxahachie, Texas

Winner of a $462,767 FY 2017 SAFER Hiring Grant

Waxahachie Fire-Rescue and the City of Waxahachie greatly appreciates the assistance provided by First Responder Grants and especially Kurt Bradley in guiding us to a successful SAFER Grant application process. We would not have been able to accomplish our goals without your training, knowledge, and service. You went above and beyond our hopes and expectations. Thanks again from the WFR.

Captain Lee Look, Lyndon Fire Protection District, Louisville, Kentucky

Winner of a $54,102 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant

Kurt has been an invaluable resource for our department. By guiding me through the grantwriting process, he has helped our department weather the recession, and he continues to help us rebuild after it. He is the perfect combination of subject-matter expert, and mentor. Kurt is always current on the trends and intricacies of the federal grant programs, and his ability to convey that knowledge, either in a classroom setting, or over the phone, or via email, is instrumental in our successes. We have been, and will continue to be, in excellent hands.

Jeffrey Boyajian, Fire Chief, Stickney Fire Department, Illinois

On behalf of the Stickney Fire Department and the Village of Stickney I would like to sincerely thank you. With your guidance, we have successfully received grants in the 2015 AFG and 2016 AFG grant cycles. I am keeping my fingers crossed that with your assistance we will be successful in the upcoming 2017 AFG grant cycle. I look forward to working with you in this grant cycle.

Thank you again.

Todd A. Noon, Senior Associate, TRIAD Associates, New Jersey

I attended your 2016 grants workshop in Massachusetts, and it has paid huge dividends for our company and our clients.

Following your workshop, I wrote 3 First Responder grants for 2 small communities in New Jersey: an AFG for new SCBA equipment; a SAFER Hiring application; and a SAFER Volunteer Recruitment application. All 3 have now been approved and fully funded… just shy of $1 million!

Your course was filled with so much valuable, actionable information. What I learned in my two days with you made a real impact on the applications I submitted. In fact, when I compare these recent successful applications with ones I’ve done in the past that were not funded, the differences are clear.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge. The success we’ve had since taking your course has been well worth the nominal cost.

Dale E. Carbaugh, Fire Chief, MMP&W Volunteer Fire Company, Pennsylvania

I bought the online grant training this year and was awarded on AFG Round 10 for $150,000 on a Vehicle Acquisition grant. We will now be able to replace our worn-out brush truck. This was a major win for our small community. I truly believe the online class helped me win this award!

Kevin Kanehl, Fire Marshal, Armada Township Fire Department, Michigan

Just to keep you updated on the success your training program has had, we got awarded a micro-grant earlier this year for new nozzles, and we received the 1199a for $110,000 towards a new brush truck. We’re 2 for 2 in the 2016 AFG period. This makes 6 AFG awards and 2 SAFER awards since 2011.

Additionally, I helped another nearby department achieve a $691,000 SAFER award.

This would not have been possible without your course.

I want to thank you for giving me the tools to bring in around $1.5 million for my own department and a neighboring department. These departments both serve 10,000 people, so department size is no excuse not to get awarded. I do not know of any other training programs out there than can turn a $450 investment into over $1 million in return.

Erik Christensen, Wauconda Fire District, Illinois

The class has been a huge help! We have increased our efforts towards seeking and applying for grants significantly. GrantFinder is helping us out a lot as well. Thanks for all your efforts and for holding the class! It has shown to be invaluable so far!