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Fire truck financing: Surviving the credit crunch
How to beat the odds: The nuts and bolts of a successful AFG narrative
It’s a regional thing: AFG grants
Back to the basics: Success depends on understanding grant fundamentals
Interoperable Communications Roundtable Discussion: Getting There
Finding the Money for Communications Interoperability Purchases
Interoperable Communications: Building Toward Tomorrow
NH Fire, EMS, police consolidate communication center
Volunteer fire department to buy SCBA with grant money
Kan. county EMS gets grant for new blood monitor
It uses "new non-invasive" monitoring of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide levels and is also Wifi capable  
Conn. fire department receives $900K FEMA grant
The grant will be used to purchase new breathing and technical rescue equipment   
$1M grant helps train Ohio firefighters
The funds will reduce expenses for basic certification in the hopes that individuals will pursue more specialized training   
Ky. county awarded $44K for new radio consoles
The funds will go towards a system-wide overhaul of the county's dispatch center  
How to win the fire-grant data battle
Getting a head start on standard data collection will improve award odds and cut application stress.  
Mich. mayor hesitant to accept multi-million grant
Wisc. dept. wins $245k grant
Grants used for 2 new fire trucks in Calif
Ky. fire department uses grants to build training facility
Baltimore dept. receives FEMA grant
North Baltimore dept. receives FEMA grant
Mass. dept. receives $75k grant
Ala. fire dept. receives $81,000 grant
Mo. dept. receives $658,000 SAFER Grant
Town considers joining regional dispatch network
Nashville FD receives almost $60,000 in grants
Fire department adds 8 defibs with grant money
Pa. dept. lands $140,000 grant
56 fire, EMS department's in Wis. receive grants
NY fire department awarded $600K grant for equipment upgrades
'Surprise' grant award allows Ohio fire dept. to hire
Ill. fire dept. receives two fire investigation training grants
Ill. town to hire new firefighters first time in 4 years
Calif. city receives FEMA grant to restore firefighter positions
Mass. city accepts grant to hire four new firefighters
Grant add 6 firefighters to Ohio fire department
Mich. city may reject SAFER grant to add firefighters
SAFER grant to add 15 firefighters to Colo department
Calif. fire dept. to use grant to reopen 3 stations, hire 27 firefighters
Maine fire department looking for ways not to cut 4-person shifts
Pa. volunteer fire dept. back in business, but must dock $1M boat
Fire department lands donation for extrication equipment
Fire department uses grant to give away smoke detectors
Vol. fire department lands $500K SAFER grant to add paid staff
NC fire department accepts SAFER grant, to hire 15
NY volunteer fire dept. received $235,000 grant
Mass. voters approve $3.5 million for fire station
Anonymous donor gives fire dept. $25K for fire truck
Sandwich franchise donates equipment to Ariz. fire district
Ohio fire station may close if levy not passed
City has 'healthy cash balance' yet lays off firefighters
Reading, Pa. lands $4M grant to hire firefighters
Fire district buys rapid intervention tools with Calif. grant
Texas plea for FEMA funds yet to be answered
More wildfires are expected this week as the weather shifts again to hot, dry, and windy — meaning delay could have implications  
Federal grant helps replace old, unsafe fire truck in NJ
NJ city rehires 29 of 30 laid-off firefighters
Conn. city launches rehabbed fire academy
$1M grant helps Maine fire dept. hire 12
$6.5M federal grant gives lifeline to Calif. fire district
Texas governor, FEMA jab over fire relief
Calif. fire district receives $6.5 million grant
NM fire stations finally get fire sprinklers
Fire Grants Reauthorization passes key committee
Calif. city to hire 6 firefighters
Texas volunteer fire departments grateful for grants
Ind. fire department uses grant to buy new radios
The department will buy 200 new radios and upgrade 65 others as part of a $1.4 million regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant  
Texas fire dept. gets wildland fire vehicle through grant
NJ firefighters get $10K grant from Port Authority
Va. firefighter wins national award for rescuing girl
Shuttered Mass. fire station could reopen by winter
Calif. firefighters use 4th of July parade to fundraise
$500K grant to help fund paramedic service in Calif.
The Banning Fire Department had submitted a grant application to the Morongo Band of Mission Indians totaling $823,331  
Technology from $540K grant to improve response times in Calif. city
Grant could fund firefighter jobs in Calif.
A $2.2 million SAFER grant approved last year provided enough money to fund jobs through 2012 for nine firefighters who would have been laid off  
Goodyear donates $45,000 in tires to Texas firefighters
Grants help Calif. dept. reopen station, hire 9 firefighters
Ill. firefighters get grant to buy new helmets
Grant helps reopen Calif. fire station, rehire firefighters, buy new trucks
Grant funding help Maine dept. order new fire-rescue boat
Local fire companies benefit from Pa. conservation grant
Ill. fire department receives grant to add firefighters
SAFER grant to help replace retirees at Ill. fire department
DHS announces more than $2.1B in preparedness grants
Grant helps replace 3 fireboats at Port of Houston
Federal grant funds 12 new firefighter positions at Calif. fire department
22 laid-off Calif. firefighters back on the job thanks to grant
Iowa fire department gets $4K grant for power unit
Texas Farm Bureau gives $550K to firefighters
Minn. fire department gets prevention grant to expand home safety checks
Cal Poly fire program receives $1 million federal grant
Pa. fire, ambulance grant deadline extended
Texas county gets $850K grant for fire cleanup
New federal resources to improve firefighter safety in southwest Ohio
Calif. fire department to boost ranks, reopen station
Fires, cuts hit Texas volunteer fire departments
Grant reopens Calif. fire station
Mich. fire department, business incubator get grants
Feds give Maine town $270K grant for equipment
Mass. fire departments win grants to update rescue gear
Calif. fire department gets $600,000 grant
Mass. fire dept. gets FEMA grant
$2.7M grant will help Mass. fire departments
Fire chief thanks Calif. university for donation
Ga. firefighters getting longer-lasting air tanks
Texas volunteer fire crew can buy cutting tool with grant
NH town wins Homeland Security grant for new tanker
New Jersey American Water awards grants to 21 volunteer emergency services groups
2 Pa. departments receive grants
6 Ill. departments to share in $1.1M in grants
ND fire dept receives 2 grants
Fight expected to up spending for Mass. fire station that has no running water
Calif. fire team acquires mobile lab
Fla. fire dept. rehires 6 firefighters with SAFER grant
Texas fire dept. to re-establish Underwater Recovery Team
'Fire tax' measure fails in Calif. city
Volunteer firefighter calls out Tenn. department for lack of turnout gear
Extreme Makeover: Fire Station Kitchen Edition
Grant to save 100 Detroit firefighter jobs
Mayor announced earlier this week plans to lay off 164 firefighters due to budget constraints but hopes SAFER grant can save most of those jobs  
FEMA extends submission deadline for paper AFG applications
Grant gives Texas fire truck new life
'Summer of Fire': What's happening in Detroit
Arsonists, budget cuts, job losses, pay cuts contribute to dire fire situation; fires are so frequent that local residents know firefighters by name  
NJ governor to Washington: Stop sending money to hire firefighters
Pa. department gets AFG award
Ill. department receives $87K grant
Texas department looks to hire 77 for next year
Iowa department gets $28,960 AFG grant
Mass. town aims for fire station grant, gets support in DC
Fla. county wary of accepting firefighter staffing grant
Grant funds dive gear, training for Texas fire department
Grant money buys Ala. fire department robotic Sparky the Fire Dog
Mich. city hopes grant will bring new fire station
Ohio city seeks stimulus money to replace old fire stations
NH department gets insurer grant for data, preplanning
Pa. firefighters seek stimulus funding for station, senior center
Cochran confirmed as US Fire Administrator
He was fire chief in Atlanta and Shreveport, La.; making sure grants are being employed effectively is among his priorities  
Mass. fire chief seeks stimulus money for ladder truck staffing
La. district gets 6 new firefighters after staffing grants
Wis. city rejects firefighters' SAFER grant plan
Grant to bring 30 paid-call firefighters to Calif. county
Utah scholarship helps kin of firefighters
Hawaii gets $6.8 million DOT grant for airport fire facility
Va. department look to grant for new truck
Ill. fire chiefs sound alarm on equipment funding
Fla. department gets latest thermal imaging technology
A new thermal-imaging camera will help increase the safety of Winter Park firefighters and people trapped in buildings  
Ind. department vying for part of $210M grant for station upgrades
Calif. department gets new system to monitor responses
Fla. county aims for millions in fire station grants
IAFF: cities playing 'Russian roulette' with fire cuts
Pa. fire officials hope grant will help clean firehouse air
Mass. chief struggles to recruit firefighters in bad economy
Grant helps Conn. fire department hire 8 firefighters
Old firehouse sells for $1 in Pa.
Firefighters lose DHS grant to ACORN
Officials: ACORN will not get DHS firefighting grant
The controversial group was awarded funding typically earmarked for fire departments across the country; ACORN is blocked from funds  
Stimulus money puts more than 100 Mass. firefighters back to work
Grant to improve firefighter radio communications in NY county
Senate rejects wildland fire funds for DC
With fires raging out West, lawmakers call the plan ridiculous; the money was going to be spent on 'green job' program for parks  
Fire station grant makes overdue Kan. project possible
Wildfire funds awarded to DC despite criticism
Texas city gets USDA funds to build fire station
FEMA grant helps Neb. fire department buy sprinkler safety house
Stimulus brings back 16 firefighter recruits in Mass.
Calif. firefighters get grant for equipment
17 recruits graduate as firefighters in NC
Online voting to determine if grants go to Mass. fire departments
Calif. fire department gets new CPR equipment
NH council opposed to firefighter grant
FEMA delays grants for reducing wildfire hazards in Calif. hills
Salt Lake City Fire Department gets grant for fire, CO detectors
Pa. county gets $300,000 for emergency radios
Small Pa. departments unite to earn more grant money
Pa. fire, ambulance companies get $1M grant
Tenn. town steps up hazmat preparedness
New training, equipment makes team of firefighters, specialists ready for any emergency  
Pa. grant program funds local departments
Minneapolis may not accept SAFER grant
City might not be able to match federal grant to hire firefighters; budget committee asks for delay until state budget cuts are known  
SC fire division may turn down SAFER grant
Fla. fire official charged with mishandling grant money
Grant buys shelters for Fla. firefighters
Calif. firefighters get thermal-imaging cameras
Foundation commits $1.3M in grants to Texas community
Maine department floats station $1.4M plan
Wis. city denied grant, left without funding for new station
Grants finally OK'd for Maine town firetruck
Mass. fire department finances dive training with grants
Ga. department may need to repay grants after layoffs
Trailer offers fire training to Ala. firefighters
Stimulus prevents closure of Mass. fire department
The federal money allows the department to immediately hire three firefighters; the Bradford fire station will stay open  
Grant helps Mass. city keep substations open
Technology, training make Worcester firefighters safer
NH firehouse closures rumor doused
Fla. mayor vetoes firefighter staffing grant
Mass. town seeks grant to help add 4 firefighters
Texas fire department gets mobile command unit with grant money
Texas fire department seeks grant for breathing units
NJ fire departments get FEMA funding for equipment, training
Residents to vote on plan for new pumper in Maine town
Chicago firefighters team with lab for fire research
Fla. firefighters could get first solar-powered fire station
Mass. town gets grant for SCBA
Maine firefighters push for marine emergency training center
Grant enables Conn. town to hire 8 firefighters
Ill. firefighters get 'virtual firefighting'
Device to predict flashover in development
Worcester Polytechnic Institute engineers are developing a device that will give firefighters a 20- to 30-second warning  
Pa. firefighters get new home
Grant to help put laid-off firefighters back to work in Calif.
Volunteer firefighters struggle for donations in Tenn. community
Pa. volunteer fire department gets equipment grant
Ill. fire department ready to hire
Emergency funds improve fire communications in Maine
Mass. fire department to hire 17 firefighters with grant
W.Va. county sets up grant to honor fallen firefighter
Grant helps Pa. city hire 4 firefighters
Pa. fire company seeks online votes for grant
Conn. fire department gets grant worth almost $600K
6 laid off Calif. firefighters could get jobs back
Texas fire department gets nearly $1M addition
Mass. to rehire 5 firefighters with grant
Ex-NJ fire chief accused of stealing grant money
Ohio fire chief secures funding for radio upgrade
Maine fire chief builds reputation with grants success
Grant helps Fla. fire department bolster staff
SC city pursuing fireboat grant
FEMA grant helps Calif. city reopen fire station
Mass. fire department gets grant for safe driving training
Conn. fire chief says grant needed to replace SCBA
Grants help rehire 6 firefighters in Ind. city
Fire truck purchase spurs clash in NY
Grant keeps Calif. fire station open for 2 years
NM mayor wants to buy fire equipment with firehouse grant
Calif. fire department gets grant to hire six firefighters
Pa. fire department aims to hire after getting grants
City in NY rejects fire truck bids to preserve grant
LA area gets nearly $55 million Homeland Security grant
State, city to buy new SCBA for NM firefighters
Mass. fire department hit by cuts calls on others for help
Calif. city struggles to reopen shuttered fire station
Grants help ND firefighters get cache of communications equipment
Fire departments receive grants in Wis.
Racing association grant helps Ill. fire department buy radios
Pa. city plans to disband paid fire department
Federal grant may rescue Oklahoma City firefighters' jobs
Grant could train future firefighters in Va.
2 W.Va. fire departments win recruitment grants
Va. county hopes grant will boost fire services
$155 million grant to help develop communication system for LA responders
Pa. city rehires 5 firefighters with grant
Va. fire department gets grant money for new fire station
Cal Fire to get $2.1 million grant for staffing
The grant will provide for the hiring of six firefighter II positions and five apparatus engineers, the crew members that drive the fire engines  
Grants sought for Maine county emergency dispatch
Pa. city gets $2M grant for bigger, safer fire hall
Mass. fire department buys trailers with health grants
Grants help NH town better prepare for crises
Grant helps firefighters train Calif. volunteers
DHS: ACORN should not have received fire grant
Grant helps Vt. firefighters install pressure hydrant system
Pa. volunteer fire companies share $94K in federal aid
Mass. chief hopes grant can rehire 5 firefighters
Maine fire department gets DHS grant for alert system
FIRE Act grant to aid Maine firefighters
Maine fire department gets $115,053 AFG grant
Calif. firefighters get new rescue equipment through grant
Calif. firefighter grant provides new defibrillator, CPR machine
Mass. fire dept. gets $24,300 grant
Federal grant buys new equipment for Maine firefighters
Ill. village to match grant for fire truck
Federal grant would let NJ county rehire firefighters
Federal grant would rehire Pa. firefighters
2 Maine fire departments get federal grant money
Maine firefighters get emergency water tank with grant
New simulator to help train NY firefighters to drive trucks safely
NJ firefighters get $140,000 grant
Calif. fire district to use $664,000 grant for new truck
Mass. communities urged to regionalize dispatch
Pa. city purchases used fire truck as reserve pumper
$8.7 million approved for Super Bowl radios in Dallas
AFG award aids ladder truck purchase at Calif. department
Pa. fire company awarded $157,729 grant
Maine fire department receives $97,727 grant
Wis. fire departments get local grants for equipment
Grant postpones fire department mergers in Calif.
US lawmakers vote to restore firefighter grant funding
Grants help Mass. cities rehire firefighters, buy equipment
Pa. firefighters get $675K grant for new ladder truck
Ill. fire department gets funding to hire firefighters
Atlanta to get 75 new firefighters via grant
The SAFER grant will allow four firefighters to staff each fire apparatus; currently, 66 percent of all calls have only three  
NJ city needs balanced budget to pick up SAFER grant
AFG grant helps Maine fire department buy equipment
Ohio fire department gets grant for equipment
Calif. fire departments awarded AFG grants
Sandwich shop gives communications system to Tenn. firefighters
NM fire chief declines staffing grant under pressure
NH fire dept. awarded $55K grant for firefighter gear
Conn. fire department gets $237K grant for firefighter gear
Grant helps SC department train firefighters as EMTs
NM wildfire destroys 15 homes, eases overnight
NYC agrees to pay $657M to WTC responders
Regulators propose grant for nationwide wireless network for responders
NFFF receives $1M grant for firefighter safety
ND official on trial for offering unapproved grant to firefighters
Wildland grants cut months before Calif. wildfires
Obama pushes for firefighting jobs for vets
Texas firefighter grants missed fire-prone areas
Areas worst hit by wildfires received only small portion of more than $128 million the state awarded to volunteer depts  
City's newest firefighters almost all war vets
28 of the 31 Newark fire recruit graduates are veterans; this is the first time the dept. has recruited veterans since WWII  
$1.2M federal grant to help fund Pa. 9/11 memorial
Va. fire departments receive $200K in grants
Ill. fire departments to share $1.5M in federal grants
Tucson firefighters part of 3-year cancer study
FEMA gave the University of Arizona $1.5 million to learn the relationship between cancer and the chemicals firefighters are exposed to.  
What are risks if Homeland Security shuts down?
The reality is that a department shutdown would have a very limited impact on national security.  
Some GOP governors back DHS showdown
If the department shuts down, employees who handle fire grants would be furloughed.  
House rejects Homeland Security funding
If DHS shuts down while Congress argues over funding, employees who administer firefighter grants will not be working.  
Ga. EMS gets community health grant for new cardiac monitors
Wilcox County EMS received $90K as part of $390K in grants to bolster health care services in rural communities  
Newtown to seek $8M federal grant for counseling
The grant would help people with longer-term counseling needs, including police officers and other first responders  
Okla. fire department awarded FEMA grant
The department will be awarded $830,792 for recruitment and retention of firefighters  
Ky. awarded $2.8M in security grants
Cincinnati plans to reduce fire department brownouts
Md. fire department gets grant for thermal imaging camera
The cameras use infrared technology to help firefighters locate victims, pinpoint fires and recognize structural dangers  
Where to look for EMS grant opportunities
Here’s some tips on where to begin searching for available EMS funding.  
Fire service icon Chief Glenn Gaines dies
USFA deputy administrator and retired fire chief Gaines died unexpectedly at his home Sunday.  
Grant funding implications of the Field EMS bill
While some debate its purpose, this bill redefines EMS in the federal government, establishes grant programs and helps determine how funding is delegated.  
FDNY receives grant for female firefighter training
$11K will go toward preparing the women for the Fire Academy  
Tenn. fire department gets new uniforms with $230K grant
It's been about 15 years since new turnout gear and air packs were purchased   
FEMA announces AFG application dates
The application period will open Dec. 7 and close Jan. 15, 2016.  
Volunteer fire dept. gets new ambulance after wreck
The new ambulance will replace one the department lost in a collision last year; the new ambulance was grant-funded  
Download your complete AFG 2015 Success Guide
Fire dept. gets new rig, no money to equip it
City officials are hesitant to pay to equip the truck, saying it would wipe out their entire budget for the year  
What would you do with $100,000 in grant money?
We told our readers to pretend there were no restrictions on the money's use; here were their responses  
Fire chief: Department stuck with faulty equipment
The fire department is currently working with leaky fire trucks, worn out equipment and broken radios.  
3 volunteer fire departments win new turnout gear
NVFC and Globe gave departments in Arkansas, New Jersey and Canada four sets of new turnout gear.  
Minn. fire departments receive grant for new rescue vessel
A total of $447,750 has been awarded to two area fire departments  
FEMA releases Assistance to Firefighters Grant application dates
The application period will open Oct. 11. See the changes that have been made to this year’s AFG.  
President signs bill to fund fire grants, USFA and service benefits
Amendment to new law will protect first responders injured on duty
Next round of NIST flashover testing under way
Successful EMS grant applications engage VIPs and stakeholders
Congress passes spending bill, fire grants untouched
The money available for fire grants will remain the same in 2013 as it was in 2012; USFA took a $2 million budget cut.  
High-rise study shows importance of large crew
President's budget calls for cuts to grants, USFA
Firefighting moments that defy logic
16th Round of FY2011 SAFER grant awards announced
Near-miss program gets brief reprieve
The differences between grant writing and fundraising
Signs would warn firefighters of dangerous Chicago buildings
Detroit firefighters get new gear with $1.75 million grant
How to prepare for multiple "asks"
Near-Miss Reporting System funded into 2013
Congress reauthorizes USFA, grant programs
Senate agrees on USFA, FIRE and SAFER grants reauthorization
The Senate unanimously accepted an amendment to reauthorize the FIRE and SAFER grant programs and USFA through FY2017.  
NIOSH: Wash. fire chief's death shows need for retrofitted vehicle safety
The chief was killed when the vintage 1960's off-road vehicle he was driving rolled down a steep slope, pinning him  
Budget bill could hurt firefighter staffing
Pa. fire companies launch video recruitment program
NIOSH: Lack of training factored in water tank explosion LODD
Insufficient funding awareness, inappropriate parts in self-made water-delivery system as well as lack of equipment training also contributed to Ryan Seitz's death  
NFFF gets $1M grant for safety, scholarships from Motorola
AFG application period extended due to Hurricane Irene
Firehouse Subs donates equipment to four fire depts.
House OKs additional grant funding for 2013
On Thursday, the House approved two amendments to the FY2013 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that raised grant funding.  
New legislation proposes changes to AFG, SAFER programs
Bill reauthorizing fire grants programs clears committee
Slim air pack cools firefighters, aims to replace SCBA
DHS issues guidance for fire station stimulus grants
Money will be awarded to departments to build new or modify existing stationsto enhance response capabilities, protect communities  
Study calls for elimination of fire grants
Report claims AFG and SAFER have failed to better protect firefighters and civilians, and urges Congress to scrap the programs  
Eased SAFER restrictions aim to protect firefighter jobs
Interoperable Communications: Laying the Foundation for Cooperation
How can agencies use their technology to best collaborate? How can agencies work together to build a solid infrastructure on which their technologies can operate and through which all agencies can communicate?   
Pa. Boy Scout scores AFG award for fire truck
Fourteen-year-old junior firefighter thought to be youngest ever grant writer to ever win an award from the Department of Homeland Security   
National Preparedness Month highlights hazmat dangers
How to secure fire prevention grants
Stimulus plan earmarks funding for fire service
Congressional plan includes $1B for fire stations, wildland management  
Fire station, wildland funding included in approved stimulus plan
Local matching grants for the SAFER program are waived for 2009 and 2010 appropriations as part of the package approved by Congress  
FY2009 AFG program details announced
Application period scheduled to begin this Wednesday and runs through May 20; $510 million will be distributed to departments  
Guide to AFG: Explaining Financial Needs
The financial need element of the AFG narrative typically receives the lowest score each year of the four elements, according to program personnel. I think there are probably three main reasons for this.  
IAFF president confident funding will increase
Harold Schaitberger revealed expectations for this year, disappointment in stimulus package during his FDIC speech  
Study highlights firefighters' fears on economy
Top 3 challenges facing fire departments are lack of budget, old or outdated equipment and staffing issues, according to study  
Stimulus funding: What you need to know
IAFF, IAFC urges members to champion the fire service and work with their governors and local government administrations to get funding   
Procurement Integrity Guidance for the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program
Gaines named USFA deputy assistant administrator
Bringing technology home with CEDAP
Economic downturn hits fire departments
IAFC treasurer says current financial crisis will present a challenge that many chiefs have never faced before  
Fire service looks ahead to Obama presidency
Congressional Fire Services Institute waits to see how historic presidential election may impact firefighters  
DHS announces grant guidance for $3 billion in preparedness grant programs
AFG application dates announced on FEMA web site
Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program now underway
The Department of Homeland Security has published the notice for the 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The distribution of grants has been held up by the delayed posting. Typically, fire departments began receiving awards announcements as early as June.   
House passes bill reauthorizing AFG, SAFER grants programs
Fire groups remain hopeful on grants despite budget cut plans
President Obama's Fiscal Year 2011 budget request proposes reduction on this year with $305 million earmarked for AFG and SAFER  
FY2010 AFG program details announced
2010 SAFER grant period open
Grants to bolster NJ cities after deep firefighter cuts
What to do if your AFG application is turned down
Recruitment and Retention projects for SAFER 2010
One of the aspects of the SAFER grant least applied for are projects under the recruiting and retention application. Why not give back to those members who volunteer their time and energy to the department, or provide them with some form of incentive to remain with the agency?  
How to secure ASPR grant funding
AFG for EMS: Part 2
AFG help: Modifications to EMS stations and facilities
AFG help: EMS vehicle acquisition
Developing a federal grant budget
Important criteria for FP&S funding
If you're planning to apply for FP&S, make sure you know how you should focus your application and what types of projects get funded.  
How to start your FP&S application
If you haven't done your homework, completed your pre-planning and reviewed this year's guidance, then you are already behind the eight ball. From new changes to key topics, here's what you need to know as you start your application.  
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) process is approaching us quickly for 2011. While the fire service is the main focus, AFG allocates two percent of the available funding to "non-affiliated", "EMS only" agencies.   
Life after AFG for EMS
SAFER 2010: Here's what you need to know
It seems as though just yesterday SAFER 2009 closed, peer review was conducted, grants were awarded and those dreaded "Dear John" letters went out, but the SAFER 2010 process has popped out of nowhere and is now upon us.  
Build your SAFER application around national standards
Start by determining how the appropriate NFPA standard applies to your department.  
Funding increase hope for AFG and SAFER 2011
A major development would fund both the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program at $420 million.  
Video could help secure AFG, SAFER funding
The Congressional Fire Services Institute has put together a six minute video that can be used to educate elected officials on the importance of AFG and SAFER funding  
Applying for fitness equipment grants through SAFER
If you want to write a grant for fitness equipment, you need to focus on training and responder health and safety.  
Cuts make 2010 AFG funding more competitive
For 2010, AFG appropriation has been cut by 30 percent, making the application process even more competitive than before.  
AFG 2010 is for EMS, too
$7.8 million of AFG funding has been earmarked for nonaffiliated, independent EMS agencies. Here's what you need to know to apply.  
How to make AFG 2010 easier for your department
With a 30 percent cut in funding from previous years, this program will be even more competitive than in the past. Here's a handy list of what you should cover in your application to make sure it goes through the review process smoothly.  
Pre-AFG application submission planning
How to secure wellness and fitness AFG funding
Here's a breakdown of what the wellness and fitness category covers and what you need to include in your application.  
Apply early for ARRA special vehicle funding
ARRA funding has led to a special vehicle and equipment initiative for rural communities that has $600 million available nationwide — but applying as soon as possible is crucial, because funding is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.  
Social networking for grant leads
I was recently discussing how one of my captains was able to meet and talk to the county's grant specialist at a general leadership conference. The very next day, we received an e-mail and grant lead from our new acquaintance. Reaching out to make these relationships can help you uncover new funding opportunities you may have never thought of before.  
Reporting rules and procedures for accepted AFG Grants
When you accepted your AFG grant you agreed to follow certain reporting rules, timelines and procedures.  
SAFER Narrative Tips
We've broken down the narrative requirements for both the hiring of firefighters as well as recruiting and retention activities based on the 2009 SAFER Guidance to help you prepare the written portion of your application. Competing for grant dollars in the current economic climate is both an opportunity and a challenge. The narrative is the most important component that can make or break a successful grant application.   
Make a Stand Against Proposed Budget Cuts
The ICE Age Cometh
Tell and Sell Your Story: How a Well-Planned Narrative Can Give You the Edge
Competing for grant dollars in the current homeland security climate is both an opportunity and a challenge.  
Follow the Rules for AFG Success
The number one reason why AFG applications are denied prior to peer review is failure to follow the rules. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released 59 pages of instructions in the form of the guidance document, in addition to the regional workshops that were recently completed.   
Getting Funded: It's All About Risk
With the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program application period now closed, it will be fascinating to see the number of applications filed this year. Considering everybody was allowed to apply for a vehicle this time around, the statistics should make interesting reading.   
Government Resources for Firefighter PPE – Part 1
AFG Awards: Show Me the Money!
Well friends, it would appear that another week has come and gone and still no new AFG awards. The 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant began releasing awards back on July 4, and since that time only a trickle of small award rounds has followed.   
Funding Opportunities: What's in Your Backyard?
With most grant programs becoming more competitive, I've noted more emphasis being placed on applicants providing thorough vulnerability assessments of their area.  
Ensuring Success in SAFER Grant Applications
Each year a new cycle starts for departments to apply for SAFER Grants — and each year I wonder why more departments do not apply. Applications can begin Tuesday, and the SAFER grants provide funds for increasing staffing either by hiring firefighters or implementing a recruitment and/or retention program.  
Sweat the Small Stuff
For the majority of fire and EMS departments in the United States, the weeks and months subsequent to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant are looked upon as the grant "off-season." But for the assiduous grant writer, the regular season of grant opportunities still lay ahead.   
The Dollars Are in the Details
The Nuts and Bolts of CEDAP
The Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program has provided nearly 5,800 direct assistance awards worth more than $103 million in smaller jurisdictions nationwide. While historically law enforcement agencies have been the largest beneficiary of the program, receiving 72 percent of the awards last year, there are opportunities for fire departments.   
Department Funding: Make Your Voice Heard
How to Get Your Hands on Stimulus Money
An infusion of stimulus money into a 35-year-old federal program may bring new funding opportunities to the fire service. Under the $787 billion economic stimulus package, an additional $1 billion has been added to this year’s Community Development Block Grant program — and your department could be eligible to apply.   
Every Dollar Counts: Insurance Company Grants
Most of the grant forums that I read are often focused on federal grant opportunities. While there is no doubt that the federal programs have provided a tremendous amount of funding for public safety agencies, there are other, less known grant programs and foundations. Many are sponsored or administered by insurance companies — and why not?   
Guide to AFG: Outlining the Benefits
The cost/benefit element of the AFG narrative gives you the opportunity to explain what benefits you will realize in return for the grant funds you receive.  
Guide to AFG: Effect on Daily Operations
The last element of the AFG narrative is focused on the beneficial effect receiving this grant will have on your department's daily operations.  
Guide to AFG: Describing Your Project
At any given fire station over the next few weeks, there'll be members working feverishly to complete their department's 2009 AFG application. Unless you have been in this position you can't fully understand what they are going through.   
Grab a Greater Slice of Funding
In speaking with fire and EMS agencies about the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, there is a great deal of confusion about just how many applications each eligible agency may submit in a given year. Some say one, others two. Very rarely is the correct answer given.   
Safety First in 2009
With a new year under way, it's time to figure out what we want the theme of the next 12 months to be. For me, it should be safety.  
Gathering the Right Data to Write a Grant
According to Denise Schlegel, Supervisory Instructor at NCTC and Grants Consultant with Allutiq, grants are defined as "a negotiation through analysis, skill in problem solving, professionalism through project design and lots of good, old fashioned effort." Most of the effort Denise refers to happens in the preparation for the grant. Defining your organization by taking basic data about your department, the community you serve and trends in call statistics can build the basis for a successful grant application.  
Overlooked Grants Could Bolster Your Budget
Question: "In order to qualify for a grant, does my fire company have to be really broke? Our company is saving for a new apparatus, but we also need radios because we currently go into burning structures without communication. So would we not qualify if the company already has some radios?"  
Connecting Rural Agencies: The Quest for Funding
The ability to instantly notify millions of individuals of a potentially hazardous situation in a matter of minutes through their cell phones sounds incredible and could save countless lives. The drawback to this concept? Large portions of rural areas have no cell service.  
Fire Station Stimulus Funding: The Narrative
The narrative section of the Fire Station Construction Grant application contains four elements, each of which carry an equal weight for scoring.   
AFG Cuts: Fight for Fair Funding
For years the fire service did not have a federal grant program dedicated to funding the critical needs of our departments. Finally, 10 years ago, we were successful and the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program was born.  
Application Process for Fire Station Stimulus Funding
In most aspects, the Fire Station Construction Grant (SCG) application is very similar to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) request  
Priorities for Fire Station Stimulus Funding
The Department of Homeland Security is expecting to receive between 5,000 to 10,000 applications for funding from the Fire Station Construction Grants Program (SCG). It envisions awarding just over 100 grants from the applications that are received.  
Successful AFG Applications: The Next Steps
If you applied for AFG funding and are told your application is successful, what are the next steps you must follow?  
Securing Fire Station Stimulus Funding: The Basics
For the past six months, we have anxiously been awaiting the release of the federal stimulus funding for fire station construction and renovation. On Friday, our wait came to an end with the release of the guidance documents for the Fire Station Construction Grants Program.  
Volunteers Gain Most From Grant Programs
I often visit the forums of and to see what other departments and members are thinking — and a post entitled "grant program is unfair to volunteer fire depts" has caught my eye. The author believes that the current program is unfair to volunteers and should be replaced with a lottery. While I'm not sure about a lottery grant process, I decided to research if his points were valid and what could be done.   
How to Secure Fire Prevention and Safety Grants
If you are contemplating an application to the 2009 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants program (FP&S), you are about to enter one of the most competitive applications processes for this fiscal year...  
How to Start Fire Prevention and Public Safety Programs
Public safety outreach and fire prevention programs are probably one of the most important, yet overlooked aspects of the fire service today. These programs can and should play a critical role in your agency and in the community that you serve. After all, the prevention or self mitigation of an emergency situation is a win-win situation for all parties involved. Fire prevention and public safety outreach needs to be a year-round and ongoing process that focuses on all hazards, all age groups and all the demographic features of your district. A one week focus out of the year is simply not enough.  
More Choices for Fire Prevention Funding Sources
Application Tips for Fire Prevention and Safety Grants
The application period for the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants Program opened Monday — and $35 million will be allocated for projects that support activities in two broad categories...  
Grant Proposal Building Blocks: The Problem Statement
The problem statement is the key element in every grant proposal. It is the first impression the reviewer will have of your project and funding request. The problem statement or statement of need must make a clear, concise and evidence-supported statement of the problem you are addressing and wanting to solve. It is also most likely the shortest written section in your grant application.  
Hazmat Pipeline Grants Open
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced the opening of the Pipeline Safety Information Grants to Communities — Technical Assistance Grants Application. If your community is faced with hazardous material pipeline issues you should consider applying for this funding opportunity.  
A Decade Dedicated to Safety
As we look back on the "decade of zeros" itself, statistics show that approximately 1,500 firefighters died in the line of duty. The decade of zeros also saw the beginning of efforts to support fire departments financially, reduce the number of line-of-duty deaths and increase emphasis on training, certification, continuing education and review of incidents.  
Fire Grants 101: An Introduction to Firefighting Grants
How to Save Staffing if SAFER Funding is Denied
What are the alternatives if you are unsuccessful in your SAFER funding request? Now, I don't want to discourage any of you from applying for SAFER funding but I do think that it might be wise to identify a "Plan B" or "what if we don't get funded" plan to increase or maintain your staffing levels.  
How to Hire Firefighters With 2009 SAFER Grants
How to Secure SAFER Funding for Retention and Recruitment
In the past some volunteer departments have stayed away from the SAFER grant application process because they didn't understand the program priorities and the possible benefits that could be derived by their department and its members.  
Dealing with excess grant funds
Revisit your FP&S application
How SAFER can benefit volunteer and combination departments
The recruitment and retention section is very flexible in type of resources you can fund through your application  
Getting ready for AFG 2013: Grant writing success
Prepare to distinguish your EMS agency for next year's AFG and for grant funding in general  
Are you ready for 2012 AFG applications?
The workshops have started, and it won't be long until the 2012 AFG Grant application period opens. Is your department adequately prepared to assemble a competitive application, or will this be another year of chaos and a last-minute attempt to get funded?  
EMS partnerships key for getting grants
Grants: 3 keys to planning
Your grant success starter kit
Assistance is crucial for grant writers who may or may not be familiar with your EMS service, service area or special capabilities  
Finding your niche in EMS grant funding
SAFER grant funding can assist with staffing, deployment capabilities
FEMA announces FY12 grant guidance
Why you should support Fire Grants Reauthorization Act in 2013 budget
Ask Congress not to cut fire funding in 2012
Grant funding: Back to basics
AFG 2011 lessons learned
Another AFG application period has come and gone, you pressed the submit button, printed a copy of your application, placed it in a folder and put it into your filing cabinet. Just as we should return to the station after a call and conduct a critique of our fireground operations, we should also meet with our grant preparation committee and discuss this year's AFG application while it is still fresh in our minds.   
AFG 2011: Ambulance, PPE and other changes
The 2011 AFG process features a number of changes from previous programs. I detailed the changes related to this year's application process in my previous column. This column will focus on changes to the actual program activities for 2011.  
Hazmat kits: How to use grants to secure funding
In this time of heightened alertness and an increase of unknown situations, there seems to be an increasing need for early detection of the risks and hazards that we may be responding to. There is a wide range of hazmat and bio-detection kits on the market, with different potential sources of grant funding that can help your department be prepared.  
Firehouse Subs: Have a hook and ladder with your grant request
The Firehouse Subs Foundation can be a great way for your organization to find grant funding of up to $20,000. Here's what you need to know before you apply.  
EMS grants: Go 'outside the tackle box' for funding solutions
Dwindling budgets, aging equipment, and a constant decline in reimbursement rates create a unique environment for EMS agency budgets, opening the need for a new type of creative accounting.  
Wal-Mart Foundation can fund community projects
Federal SAFER grant can help attract, retain firefighters
Changes to AFG award procedures announced by FEMA
Get funding for your out-of-the-box EMS idea
In the current economic climate, you may have been told that, because of budget cuts, your out-of-the box ideas will have to be packed up in the box from which they came. But if you thought you were thinking big before, what if I told you about an additional one billion dollars being added to the funding matrix?  
What is a grant?
Be sure to explore all of possibilities and make sure that the opportunities fit with your agency's budget and needs  
Act now to save AFG and SAFER levels
Preplanning for firefighter grant season
It is that magical time of year again when departments start frantically working on their grant applications. Although the application date has not been announced yet for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), it is due very soon.   
2011 AFG: How you can secure funding
This year's program also features a number of critical changes from previous years applications. If you were simply thinking of dusting off last year's rejected project and resubmitting it, you need to reconsider your plans.  
FEMA releases AFG Get Ready Guide
AFG has released a series of helpful hints to get your department ready for this year's 2011 program. There are a lot of changes to the application and some new requirements depending on the project being prioritized.  
FEMA releases AFG narrative assistance guide
This year's grant application narrative requirements are different from previous years, so be sure to read the Narrative Assistance Guide that FEMA has put together. This year there are five narrative components required in five different sections in the application as opposed to years past with four components in a single narrative section.  
Training grants: Opportunities, tips you need to know
We often might get so caught up in attempting to acquire equipment, vehicles, and new buildings that we don't consider the cost of training. Any cost that this training might create should be included in your request and cost breakdown in your application.  
AFG and SAFER funding in jeopardy
Once again we find ourselves in a situation where fire service-related programs are under attack as Congress begins the 2012 Federal Budget process.   
Less can be more when it comes to grants
Taking responsibility before falling off the 'Fiscal Cliff'
Meeting your local official at the most crucial time
Finding and creating the right markets for your grants
Firefighter funding: Why the cuts must stop
Getting grants from Medic One Foundation
Medic One Foundation offers general research funding for increasing SCA outcomes  
Funding your continuing EMS education program
Grants and greed: Joyrides on a $1M fireboat
The $1 million boat is a great lesson in the importance of separating need from want when it's time to apply for grants.  
Utilizing the USDA Community Facility Grant
Fire apparatus funding: Beyond AFG
Having the right stories to tell
A Reminder: Why we do what we do
Securing funding to purchase a new vehicle through AFG
How to make your supporters feel like VIPs
3 insider tips to get AFG funding for fire trucks
The fierce competition for apparatus grant funding means you cannot afford a mistake on your application.  
SAM simplifies the grants process
Fire experts: How to bounce back from the recession
The slow economic recovery and the delay in tax revenue means continued financial pain for many fire departments, but there are ways to minimize the damage.  
Work your network: How to present your ask
Planting the seed for your big idea and then cultivating it as a successful grant application is a process  
Keeping up with grant 'trend-setters'
What sequestration means to the fire service
Elected officials can still get their act together and pull us out of this mess; if not, here's what to expect.  
What to do with your grant-acquired equipment
Understand the regulations on how to dispose of old grant-purchased equipment  
Where to fit in your grant planning and writing for 2013
How to land more funding
Mimicking the actions of large, successful fundraisers, starting with a fundraising plan, will provide a great deal more money to keep your department running.  
3 rules for telling a memorable EMS grant story
Write a compelling narrative with passion, conflict and resolution to engage grant application reviewers in your project  
Firefighter grant scam alert
With new grant awards comes a new twist by scammers; here's how to not get duped.  
3 overlooked resources in EMS grant writing
Surrounding yourself with resources and support is a great way to get a leg up on the competitive grant landscape  
Fire grant programs: How to save them
While funding for next year's grants is on track, the entire program is set to expire; here's how to keep them alive.  
Avoid these fire grant deposit form pitfalls
Not having the 1199A form in order can stop FEMA from putting a grant award in your bank.  
3 grant writing rules for public safety agencies
Follow these rules to help your EMS agency or fire department take the next step in success with grant applications  
Firefighting grants may be cut in 2017
Obama sent Congress a proposed budget that calls for less AFG and SAFER funding; use this election year to press for funding  
FEMA changes fire grants security
FEMA's updated security system is causing access problems for some; here's how to navigate it.  
Body armor for EMS: 4 success tips to fund through AFG
Ballistic protective equipment for active shooter response is eligible for Assistance to Firefighters grant funding.  
Volunteer firefighter grant funding in line for a raise
Legislation moving through the House and Senate would provide more help for volunteer departments that take on wildland firefighting.  
How to bridge the fire grant communication divide
The delays and frustrations with this year's fire grants can be avoided in coming years if applicants and FEMA better communicate.  
Why fire-report data matters
Accurate and complete fire-response data will influence local and national fire service support.  
Fire prevention grant awards are off mark
Shifting money from rural departments to national organizations harms the intent and function of fire-prevention grant funding.  
Grant-writing workshop: How to get the most out of the time spent and resources
A workshop on EMS grant writing is an invaluable experience for new and experiences applicants   
Why firefighter research sends mixed signals
Seemingly conflicting results shows the difficulty of research and the need for more of it.  
Firefighters' guide to election season sanity
With the silly season in full dizzying swing, here's a look at some head scratchers, head slappers and some ways to keep your head screwed on straight.  
Second-life fire trucks: Know the risks
Repurposing rigs for fire-service duty can be a great cost savings, but they require great care to make sure they are safe for firefighting.  
Fire department policy: Bid disputes
Having a bid dispute policy is often required and always a good idea; here are steps to build one.  
How to win a 2015 AFG grant
This excerpt from the 2015 AFG Resource Guide introduces the steps fire departments must follow to getting a grant funded; the full guide is free.  
Fire grant delay: What to do while you wait
Rather than wring your hands over when the AFG application period will open, take these steps to be ready when it does.  
Firefighting grants are finished, despite rumors
Rumors of the FY2014 grant awards continuing are greatly exaggerated; they are truly closed for the year.  
Foundation grants for EMS: Avoid these 4 common errors
Fire grant change a boon for small departments
For the first time, prevention micro grants are open to small fire departments minus some prohibitive restrictions.  
Firefighter health research: Who's next?
We've built a solid body of evidence on firefighter health and well being for the white male majority group, yet have little data on others.  
Myth-busting the new fire grant rules
News of new AFG rules are causing a great deal of undue fear in the fire service; here's what you need to know to not run afoul.  
Understanding the new fire grant rules
The new regulation that takes affect later this year makes substantial changes to how fire departments can interact with vendors prior to buying equipment with AFG money.  
7 changes for 2014 AFG fire grants
To make your AFG application the most competitive it can be, pay attention to these seven changes for 2014.  
Use this analysis tool for a better EMS grant proposal
Brainstorming different causes that lead to an effect or problem your EMS agency wants to fix helps make a strong case for your funding request  
Firefighter LODDs renew our vow to be safer
Those who've experienced a LODD revisit that pain with each new firefighter death; fire grants can play a vital role in the firefighter safety puzzle.  
9 keys to a competitive SAFER grant
The grant period opens in about two weeks; have these bases covered to giver your application the best chance at success.  
Cold water challenge shows fun side of fundraising
As fun as the videos are, the surprise fundraising success will assist survivors of fallen firefighters  
3 tips to securing a grant-funded project
A project fueled by passion, bought into and has all its T's crossed is more likely to be successful  
United, firefighters move political mountains
The blunder in D.C. was set right by firefighters exercising their political clout; something we should do for grant funding.  
Why highway safety programs are so hot for EMS funding
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers EMS funding for data-driven initiatives focused on motor vehicle and public safety.  
7 common fire grant rejection letter questions answered
Grant rejection letters are never easy to take; here's a deeper look at the three types of letters and why they are sent.  
Where to look for nongovernment EMS grants
Private companies often have more flexibility for allocating funds, so don’t get stuck in the government-resource bubble  
Reflecting on fire grants and Chief Gaines
Chief Glenn Gaines' push for federally funded grants made the fire service safer and better; it is a mistake to take them for granted or forget how they came to be.  
How to buy a fire truck
It's a big purchase that's meant to last a long time; fire truck buying is not something any department can afford to get wrong.  
Fire grants, DHS shutdown: Is the sky falling?
A government shutdown at the end of the month could spell trouble for those making purchases with fire grants; here's what to look for and what to do.  
4 Fire Prevention and Safety grants priorities
With $34 million to hand out, the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants will be awarded to those who best meet these four priority areas.  
Fire grant money is coming, now what?
Ignore the rumors, expect delays, consider micro grants and get your house in order for the next round of grants as this year's money is released.  
5 must-haves for firefighting gear washers
These five features will improve versatility, reduce operating costs and get the gear as clean as possible.   
How to sell your story in grant applications
Include emotional anecdotes and photos on your grant application, and make sure your facts back it up.  
Audits matter: Why you should never lie to FEMA
How to avoid getting denied AFG money for communications equipment
Many departments have had to pay back FEMA, or are not getting reimbursed because the purchases are not P25 compliant.  
Another great CFSI dinner in the books
Fire service leaders cultivate relationships at CFSI's National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program.  
Help prevent volunteer departments from paying health insurance
Ask your representative to the combat health-insurance requirement for volunteer employees that work more than 30 hours per week.   
3 steps to turn grant rejection into success
How to land a Fire Prevention and Safety grant
6 ways for Fire and EMS to collaborate on FP&S funding
Working together is a win-win strategy that adds depth and credibility to projects that may otherwise seem out of reach  
Obama budget calls for cuts to fire grants programs
Who pays for community paramedic training programs?
Agencies passionate about giving are the real winners
SAFER grant program adds incentive for hiring veterans
Why are the other guys always getting the grants?
If you’re not getting your fair share of funding, it may because you already expect to hear 'no.'   
Federal shutdown leaves fire grants adrift
When it comes to your grants, here's what to expect from and what to do during the federal government shutdown.  
AFG grant offers benefits for EMS agencies
4 critical AFG 2013 changes you need to know
The 2013 program includes requirement changes, additional matches, micro grants, and updates to equipment ages.  
SAFER grants: Path to a competitive application
SAFER grants are not exclusively awarded to big cities; a competitive application will increase smaller departments chances of winning.  
Shop around: Why AFG isn't for everyone
Land a foundation grant by following the rules
Public/private partnership disburses FEMA preparedness grants
4 critical tips for your AFG 2013 application
DHS Republicans seek cuts to Homeland Security funding, primarily in grants
Volunteer fire companies could lose grant funding in NY
FEMA could tweak its fire grant award process
ND ambulance service receives federal grant
Take a systematic approach to grant writing: Assess your vulnerability
Dive in: Pool of grant funds is large
Myth information: Debunking common grant myths
Obama administration targets AFG cuts, SAFER increases for 2010
Grant could help Tenn. department build new hall
Calif. councils get wildfire prevention grant
Ga. department's grant comes with strings attached
Mass. chief details uses of fire prevention grant
Iowa departments get big boost from federal grants
Grant aids pre-planning at Colo. department
AFG award helps Minn. department buy pulse oximeters
Mo. rural fire departments receive grants
Grant helps Mich. fire department add 6 firefighters
NY fire department gets new defibrillator with federal stimulus funds
Mass. fire department gets grant from property insurer
Ind. lawmaker announces $1.9 million grant to rehire 13 firefighters
Grants to fund firefighter fitness, equipment, trucks in Pa.
$10.8M grant will return Mass. fire department to full strength
SAFER grants help Ohio fire departments with PPE costs
The Grants Ballgame: You Can't Win, If You Don't Play
Many departments, and particularly volunteer departments, fight a continuous and ongoing battle in funding their existence. Shrinking tax bases, poor economies and swings from the budget axe take their toll on all departments daily and have become the norm, instead of an occasional problem area.   
Cruisin for Solutions Recap
As I sit here in the cold, rainy, unpredictable weather of Connecticut, I cannot help but look forward to the next ‘Cruisin for Solutions’… We had a great week of fun and sun, oh yeah, and we learned quite a bit from each other.  
Functional Fundraisers
Last week we looked at fundraising basics, and as promised, this week we will browse through the submissions at to pick out the 'cream of the crop.'  
Grants by the Numbers
With this year's AFGP and SAFER grants application periods over, it is time to start planning for next year.  
Grants by the Numbers, Part 2
When I wrote my first article about grants by the numbers, I received a lot of feedback, both positive and negative. I thought I would take a few minutes and address the feedback and provide some clarifications.   
What Separates the Winners from the Losers in Grants?
Many departments, particularly volunteer departments, fight a continuous and ongoing battle in funding their existence.  
Length of Service Award Programs
Gary emailed me to ask about LOSAP programs, their funding, disbursement options and their overall effect on volunteering.   
LOSAP Part 2
The first column on length of services award programs (LOSAP) focused on a specific situation and LOSAP plans in general. This column looks at how people have actually put LOSAP plans together, LOSAP resources, and studies that have been done on effectiveness of plans.  
Applying for SAFER Grants
Last year we missed the boat with the SAFER grants. While in 2005 over 20,000 departments applied for an AFG grant, less than 3,000 departments applied for a SAFER grant.  
Update : The Grants Ballgame
In Februrary, we did a poll of the users of The results were impressive, and showed that our members value the service that provides.   
USDA Rural Development First Responder Initiative
USDA Rural Development is committed to assisting rural communities prepare for emergencies and the delivery of lifesaving services. Rural Development provides funding through the Rural Emergency Responders Initiative to specifically strengthen the ability of rural communities to respond to local emergencies. Community Facilities program funds are used to support rural emergency responder efforts by financing needed equipment and services.  
Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department Uses Low-Cost Bond Financing to Build a New State-of-the-Art Firehouse
What if I told you that for your new capital projects, you could borrow millions with an interest rate under 4.0%? And further, that you would be able to obtain sales tax and mortgage tax savings or exemptions in connection with your capital project?  
Ariz. cities miss out on aid for firefighter pensions
NY officials, firefighters in dispute over AFG award
NJ firefighters get grant for gear
House votes to restore FIRE Act, SAFER funding
Grant helps FDNY get roof ventilation simulator
Cleveland can't afford grant to save firefighters' jobs
Ky. fire department wins $10K grant
Mass. fire department receives SAFE Program grant
Grants help Fla. firefighters buy PPE
NJ fire department uses grant for new fire truck
Conn. town receives grant to build emergency ops center
Atlantic City receives grant to hire firefighters
2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant application period announced
Iowa foundation awards fire grants totaling $80,919
10 Ky. firefighter organizations receive water grants
Ala. fire department received grant for apparatus
Mass. town to use grant to hire 4 firefighters
Ill. fire department will use grant to replace aging defibrillators
Ark. fire department receives Rural Fire Protection Program grant
Federal grants awarded to 6 NJ fire departments
Ala. town gets grant for new radios
Fla. town's grant money set to expire
$1.75 million grant aids Mich. radio communication
Tenn. department installing alarms for disabled
5 NY departments split grant
Miss. volunteer fire station gets new pumper
Obama proposes cuts to SAFER, AFG, USFA
Late audit dooms Calif. city grant request
Federal grant to pay for 5 Pa. firefighters' salaries
Grant to boost Ill. department's IT capacity
10 NC volunteer departments get grants
NJ fire dept. takes delivery of new tower
Federal grant will prevent Nev. cuts
Calif. wildfire safety gets funding boost
Ga. department gets new equipment, improved training from grant
Mich. city turns down $8M SAFER grant
Mo. departments receive state grants for training
Calif. town will hire with grant funds
Pa. town to reject some SAFER funds
Grant will fund minority firefighting training
Volunteer fire department lands $32K grant
NJ fire department receives $450,000 SAFER grant
Detroit, Harper Woods land $700,000 in grants
Wash. fire department uses SAFER grant to avoid layoffs
NJ fire department lands $172K grant for SCBA
Fed grant buys new radios for 14 fire departments
3 W.Va. volunteer fire departments land AFG grants
Ohio firefighters prepare for layoff as SAFER grant expires
NY volunteer department lands grant for extrication equipment
Calif. fire department gets $1M grant for engines
Minneapolis Fire Dept. to increase staffing
Fire prevention grant buys high-visibility address markers
Ind. FD receives $4 million grant
15 Mich. firefighter jobs preserved after $2.3M grant
Mass. fire department gets $200K grant for safety gear
Mass. fire department gets $50K grant for gear
Mich. fire department gets $117K grant for safety improvements
NY volunteer fire department awarded $100K grant
Wis. officials, firefighters clash over full-time operation
La. fire departments receive nearly $860K in FEMA grants
City hires 5 firefighters thanks to FEMA grant
Fire department on mission to put smoke detectors in every home
Calif. fire department loses $7.8M grant for new fire boat
Duluth receives $129K grant
NY fire department lands $238,000 SAFER grant
Michigan fire department lands $55K grant
NY fire department gets $500K grant to hire 3 firefighters
Conn. fire department lands $72K grant
10-year-old with ALS secures $200K donation for fire department
NH mayor to debate SAFER grant
Gov. Cuomo announces first responders grant
ZOLL Data: Blazing a new future for EMS software
RescueNet Suite, an extensive collection of software programs, can provide big benefits to your organization  
Ky. fire dept. holds fundraiser
Fire dept. applying for grant to build 'relaxation area'
Idaho dept. gets $509,000 grant
Colo. firefighters win grant for new breathing masks
2 La. depts. receive $5,000 grants
Mont. fire depts. receive $1,000 grants
ND board award $4 million in public safety grants
NJ town to hire 8 firefighters with grant funds
La. fire dept. to receive $1.67 million grant
26 Detroit firefighters rehired with $5.6 million grant
FEMA awards Detroit Fire Dept. $22.5 million grant
Pa. fire company receives grant to go green
NJ fire station receives SAFER grant
NC fire dept. awards $5,000 grant
EMS providers apply for millions in casino-funded grants
Calif. vol. firefighter receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Ala. depts. receives Forestry grant
Ohio town seeks to pass $1.5 million levy
Texas city builds new training facility with grant
Scott Safety pledges $10,000 to NVFC
NH dept. receives grant aimed at arson prevention
Texas vol. dept. receives 3 grants
Calif. fire dept. receives $1.24M grant
Ohio fire department receives $1M SAFER grant
Grant allows for rehire of NY firefighters
Ind. dept. receives $600 grant
Fire department uses fire grants for new radios
Ind. fire dept. wins grant for on-board iPads
Mich. dept. poised to receive $736,000 grant
Medical company to donate $100k to Ga. dept.
Mich. fire department lands SAFER grant
Volunteer firefighters to get tuition reimbursement at La. academy
Atlantic City prepares to layoff 51 fire personnel without grant money
La. volunteer fire department ordered to repay FEMA grant
NY fire department awarded $75K grant
Pa. volunteer fire department awarded $34K grant
Utah fire departments receives FEMA grant for safety gear
Wis. fire department receives $325K grant, adds 2 new firefighters
Mich. fire department gets equipment upgrade with federal grant
Grant eases cost of new extrication equipment
NY fire department awarded $88K grant
19 Ill. firefighters get layoff notices
Calif. firefighters receive $33K grant for better equipment
Ohio firefighters seek signatures to renew SAFER grant
Mass. fire department awarded $625K grant
Pa. fire department looking forward to extra training expected from federal grant money
Calif. fire department to buy fire engine with federal grant money
Va. fire and EMS receive $5K camera grant
Mass. fire department awarded grant to hire more firefighters
Ky. fire department awarded $13K FEMA grant
NJ fire department to receive $2.4M grant to save 12 firefighter jobs
City approves FEMA grant to hire 33 new firefightres
Calif. fire department receives grant for medical emergency bikes
City receives $84K grant for fire hydrants
Grant to Ga. fire department pays for 4,000 smoke detectors
$100K grant to provide alarms, fire prevention education to elderly
NY fire department to receive $359K grant
Calif. fire department receives grant to replace aging truck
Wis. fire department selected for $250K assistance grant
Ill. fire department receives $10K grant for equipment
They will use the money to maintain radio and data communications equipment  
Pa. department awarded grant for smoke detectors
Mich. firefighters facing layoffs as grant runs out
Three firefighter positions will be eliminated and three lieutenants will be demoted to firefighters to save money  
State awards $361K grant to newly expanded NY fire department
The newly expanded Lysander Fire District eliminates the towns' responsibility for fire protection services, unites two fire departments and creates one fire district  
Fire chief: Department has no shot at ladder truck grant
Since the ladder truck request is already in the town's budget, officials say it would be difficult to justify the request through the grant program  
Officials approve grant application to fund firefighter jobs
Government shutdown delays fire grant requests
NJ firefighters facing layoffs amid government shutdown
Area fire departments get water company grants
Pa. fire department receives 'bucket brigade' grant
City asks for $7.9M SAFER grant to fund 39 firefighters, two fire stations
Fire officials continue to search for grants to upgrade equipment
Grant for new fire department radios doubled
The grant fund will help ease the problem of areas in the county where responders are cut off from all communication  
Mass. fire department receives grant for fire education programs
2 Ore. firefighters hired thanks to federal grant
The $453,000 grant will cover the salaries and benefits for the firefighters for two years  
Texas EMS gets 800 radios when grant funding doubles
The agency is able to purchase more than 800 MHZ radios when a non-matching grant doubled to $176K  
Ill. EMS receives grant for carbon monoxide tester
The nearly $5K grant funded the purchase of a RAD 57 machine used that will be used to test carbon monoxide levels of patients who may have been exposed, and firefighters who may have inhaled too much smoke   
Conn. ambulance company receives anonymous $5K grant
The ambulance organization was chosen as one of this year’s beneficiaries through a family fund set up to support non-profits  
SAFER grant funds paid Va. EMS squad
The $1.3M grant will cover the cost of 13 EMTs and training expenses for two years   
Grant to boost new fire station staffing in Ohio
The SAFER grant is anticipated to cover all salary and benefits of six firefighters for two years at the station  
Nevada fire department gets fire truck from anonymous donor
"We have applied unsuccessfully for many grants for a new engine for the last 10 years," one fire official said  
Ky. department receives $500K grant for new station
The new station will allow for improved response times  
FirstNet benefits EMTs with on-scene information
Grant assures no cuts or layoffs for Fla. fire department
The $11.4 million SAFER grant will ensure no fire department cuts or personnel losses for the next two years  
Grant saves 26 Ore. firefighters from layoffs
Two fire and rescue stations were also set to close due to budget cuts, but the grant will keep them open as well  
La. fire department receives grant for extinguishers, detectors
Pa. volunteer fire department hits obstacle obtaining grant
NY fire and EMS agencies receive equipment thanks to Homeland Security grant
These funds have allowed them to give the brave men and women who put their lives on the live to safeguard the public the right tools to do the job both safely and effectively  
Ariz. gets $1.5M grant to hire 12 firefighters
This is the second time the district has received the grant; it received a $1.4 million grant in 2006 to help it increase staffing  
NY county awarded $3.4M for emergency radio upgrade
Most of the money will be used to upgrade the county's four existing relay tower sites by making them taller and sturdier  
Pa. state grant funds EMS equipment
The $7K will offset the cost of mobile data terminals for four EMS vehicles  
Fla. grant paves way for non-medical transport service
The county used grant money to purchase a new ambulance, freeing up a vehicle for the non-medical transport program  
Mass. towns band together for EMS supplies, grants
A $26 state grant will pay for a regional purchase of EMS medical supplies, and other towns have joined forces to seek collective grants  
Ill. EMS to purchase new defibrillators with $60K grant
The two new models will have expanded capabilities to meet current patient care requirements  
Federal grant aims to boost firefighter numbers
Capt. Wade Ralph said the increased manpower will lead to "better response times and more trucks on duty at a given time" for the department  
Cincy fire department gets $8M grant to end brownouts
It's the last piece of the puzzle to stop the brownouts; the money will add 50 firefighters and pay their salaries for two years.  
Ohio firefighters rescue man from burning home
The firefighter that found the victim was hired thanks to SAFER grant money  
60 firefighters face layoffs in Mass.
The mayor says 60 firefighters could be laid off and the department would be back to the smaller size of 153, down from the current 213  
Mo. fire department buys fire truck with grant
They recieved loan and grant funds that were used to purchase the community a new pumper truck  
N.C. officials accept grant to pay for 6 firefighters
The $565,782 FEMA grant will pay for the firefighters at the department for the next two years  
Texas EMS awarded $35K toward new ambulance
The funds are the maximum amount awarded by the state and will go toward matching the need for the purchase of a new ambulance   
Md. fire department to lose 12 firefighters as grant runs out
"We will look high and low, near and far, to try to keep these guys as long as we can," Mayor Jim Ireton said  
NY officials to approve grant search to fund new ladder truck
The nine-member council is likely to favor the mayor seeking a $810,000 grant to help offset the cost of the new ladder truck  
Ariz. fire department buys tools with governor's grant
The rescue tools will improve local firefighters' ability to perform patient extrication  
Fire grant helps recruit, retain volunteers
They were able to utilize grant funds to send volunteers to a driver/operator course to become trained to specifically operate water tenders freeing up line firefighters to fight fires  
Pa. fire department receives $1.2M grant to hire firefighters
"It's going to increase the level of safety for the firefighters that are on duty. We're hopeful to get a third fire engine company place back in service," said Fire Chief Jay Delaney  
Mass. gets $160K grant to launch regional medic service
Three towns have created the state’s first inter-municipal paramedic ambulance service that will operate 24 hours, seven days a week   
Ohio grant funds EMS training and equipment
The $4,250 paved the way for an emergency responder class for firefighters and equipment upgrades  
Tenn. cities get grant for farm safety training
Two agencies were awarded $2,500 to train officials for farm safety and agricultural emergencies  
Va. EMS hires 6 firefighter-medics with $650K grant
Reno to lay off 35 firefighters, brown out 3rd station
The layoffs are determined by seniority affecting firefighters that were hired most recently  
$200K grant awarded to NY fire department for new equipment
The grant money will help replace outdated equipment with the purchase of 38 new breathing apparatuses  
Volunteer fire department receives $40K AFG grant
With the grant money, they will replace their air-filling station to help the department comply with federal regulations  
NY fire department receives $40K federal grant
The grant will allow the department to purchase extrication equipment  
Volunteer fire department receives Homeland Security grant
They will use some of the money to hire a volunteer coordinator and for new programs to provide additional training and equipment for its Cadet Training Program  
Conn. EMS gets $325K grant toward new facility
The $1.3M center has been in the works for more than two decades and should be completed by the fall  
Ind. grant helps fund simulated pediatric training
It was used to purchase a child-size mannequin simulator to train paramedic and emergency medical technician students  
Reno city council votes to layoff 35 firefighters
The layoffs became necessary after the city lost a federal grant that was to fund 50 firefighters next year; city staff found enough money to retain 15 of those jobs  
Texas volunteer fire department gets wildfire truck from grant
The state grant program provided a retired military wildland firefighting vehicle that replace a 1960's-era truck.  
Firefighters to be fired as grant expiration looms
Five of 15 firefighters on staff will be let go because a two-year federal grant will expire  
Detroit receives $1.2M grant for Fire-EMS training, equipment
Minn. fire department gets grant for new fire station
The city was awarded a $1 million grant from the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation; they want to build a fire station on a vacant 4-acre site  
Tenn. fire chief seeks new turnout gear, fire truck
Chief Kevin Peters said their current turnout gear is 13 years old, while the average life span is eight years  
Pa. fire department receives $176K grant
The grant is specifically earmarked for the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters  
Firehouse Subs grant outfits department with firefighter gear
With the money, they were able to buy eight full sets of turnout gear for its volunteer firefighters, including protective pants and coats  
NJ partnership secures $40K training grant for EMT certification
CareerWorks will also link newly certified EMTs to employers  
Budget outlines plan to pay for 15 Reno firefighter jobs
"We were able to find enough money to keep 15 people employed, so rather than 50 (layoffs) we're looking at 35," said Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez  
Mich. fire department awarded FEMA grant
New exhaust handling equipment and a filling station for air bottles will be paid with the grant  
S.C. fire department to use grant to hire more firefighters
The $256,000 SAFER grant will be the salaries of three firefighters  
Mass. fire department gets $1M SAFER grant
"Thanks to this critical SAFER grant the Holyoke Fire Department will have the resources it needs to keep the community safe and secure," said Senator Markey  
Officials not banking on future SAFER grants for fire department
The city is anxiously awaiting word on its request for a $7.9 million grant to avoid laying off 19 firefighters and closing two fire stations  
Grants help fund replacement for 25-year-old Ohio radio system
The new system cost more than $6M, and recently went live  
Wis. fire chief retires after 40 years of service
Chief Tom Larson provided the department with 6 FEMA grants, a new snorkel truck and a safety a feature for fire trucks and traffic signals  
Grant helps S.C. fire department offset cost of volunteers
The money will pay for firefighting gear as well as station gear and required physicals for about 25 volunteers each year  
Fla. fire department gets grant for rescue equipment
Fire Chief Joe Jenkins said most of the money is going toward new extrication tools that will reduce the amount of time it takes firefighters to rescue crash victims trapped in cars  
Ala. fire dept. receives grant for new fire truck
The federal funds will help replace 37-year-old ladder truck  
Firefighter Safety Research Institute receives federal funding for 10th consecutive year
The funding will help support the institute's mission to increase knowledge and reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and the communities they serve  
W.Va. volunteer fire departments share $800K grant
The funds will provide financial support and assist with recruitment efforts for eight departments  
W.Va. volunteer fire department receives grant for recruitment
The department will receive $577K to increase staff and buy new equipment  
SF fire department receives $8M to hire 36 firefighters
With many retirements expected over the coming years, SFFD will need to hire additional personnel to maintain minimum staffing levels as well as prepare for the demands of a growing and changing city  
Philly fire department receives $22M to hire 160 firefighters
Due to attrition the department loses about 100 firefighters a year and last year it paid $37M in overtime  
Va. EMS agency gets grant for stretcher technology
The technology lifts the stretcher mechanically and locks it in place  
Ohio fire department to buy cameras with grant
The department's two thermal imaging cameras are about 15 years old and need to be replaced  
Colo. fire dept. awarded grant to buy new rig
The federal funds will allow the district to buy a pumper tender that will replace a vehicle that's about 30 years old  
Grant helps Calif. fire department buy new SCBA
The $60,477 award will be used to replace old and malfunctioning SCBA that have reached the end of their service life  
Minn. fire dept. uses grant to buy fire simulator
A Firehouse Subs grant gave Richfield the first fire-simulation training unit in the state.  
13 firefighters hired under grant issued layoff notices
The firefighters with the least seniority at the department were issued layoff notices in February  
Computer glitch keeps Pa. fire dept.'s from reporting fires
The fire chief said that it could compromise public safety and cost fire departments millions of dollars in grants  
Fire dept. increases water supply with surplus fire truck
The truck will help increase efficiency in fighting fires for their spread out region  
La. fire department lands grant for child safety house, smoke alarms
The fire safety house will teach kids how to react to fire; the smoke alarms will be given free to low-income households.  
Ill. fire department lands grants to replace aging fire trucks
Both trucks being replaces are more than 30 years old; mayor objects to the purchase saying money is not available.  
Ky. fire department receives nearly $263K grant
The grant money will be used to purchase new air packs and air tanks   
N.C. fire dept. breaks ground on $1.3M expansion
It will add two larger bays and allow the department to have a total of seven to eight pieces of apparatus under roof  
2 NY EMS agencies receive federal funding for training, equipment
The funding will be used to purchase two cardio compression devices and to train responders on the management of pediatric emergencies  
Mich. firefighters facing layoffs, firehouse closures
Fire officials said the changes would mean bigger fires, more damage and more dangerous situations for firefighters and residents  
City gets $3M grant to avoid 84 firefighter layoffs
The city is awaiting news on a two-year extension that would kick in after this one runs out  
NJ fire departments receive $397K in grants
Fire dept. gets $977K grant to increase staffing
SC health groups share $11M in grants
Mich. EMS agency receives $23K grant
Ohio fire dept. receives $160K in federal funds
NC fire department gets $328K grant
Miss. fire departments share $1.4M in grants
Ky. fire dept. using drones to help battle fires
The drones have thermal cameras to detect body heat and infrared cameras  
RI public safety organizations receive $143K in grants
NY approves grants to develop microgrids
Volunteer fire dept. to hire full-time firefighters
Although fire department has more than 150 volunteers, most aren't available for daytime calls  
Mich. fire departments get grants for new equipment
Grants help Ala. volunteer fire departments
NY fire departments receive federal grants
Ind. hospital gets $17K in grants from local nonprofit
Ohio EMS agency receives grants for training equipment
Volunteer emergency services receive limited funding
Mich. fire dept. awarded $691K grant for recruitment
W.Va. fire department receives grant for new rig
Md. fire and EMS agencies get $575K grant for new radios
Grant funds new NC transitional care program
Fla. fire rescue department receives grant to update equipment
Ohio EMS agency receives grant for training and equipment
Pa. fire companies get $485K in federal grants
Ohio fire departments get grants for new rescue tools
Mass. fire department receives grant for new truck
Alaska EMS lands grants to expand telemedicine services
More than just cameras, telemedicine 'carts' connect rural areas to doctors.  
Health organizations receive $38M in grants for interoperability improvements
The funds will help 20 organizations adopt interoperable health IT tools and services.  
Nearly 600 volunteer fire departments receive $9.5M in N.C. grants
The grants assisting volunteer fire departments with the purchase of equipment and capital expenditures.  
Mass. fire departments receive $19M in FEMA grants
The funds will support equipment acquisition, training, and staffing.  
NJ fire department receive $100K grant for safety equipment
The funds are part of a combined $1.8M in federal grants to improve safety, operation and staffing across New Jersey.  
Ohio fire and EMS department awarded $245K grant
The department will replace 33-year-old tanker truck  
Va. EMS agency receives grant for new equipment
The state funds will allow for the purchase of new medical equipment for five ambulances  
Congress continues funding for child-saving EMS equipment
The bill reauthorizes a program that helps EMS providers keep ready specific medicine and tools needed when treating younger patients   
Mich. department secures grant for thermal imaging cameras
The fire department will have to come up with $4,500 in matching funds, but Chief Michael Reddy calls that a bargain  
3-year study will examine fire truck, driver safety
University of Arizona and four fire departments will work for three years to reduce firefighter risk.  
Mass. fire department uses grant for exhaust removal
The $50,000 AFG grant will pay for exhaust-removal systems at two of the department's stations.  
Mich. fire department uses $110K in grants for training, gear
Part of the funds will cover a mobile training unit equipped with materials to simulate a burning building  
$500K grant helps build Md. fire station
Along with county funding the $13.5 million facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016   
City to vote on grant extension to prevent layoffs of 9 firefighters
The SAFER grant fund has about $719,000 left after the city was given $1.9 million in 2011  
City to extend grant funds to retain 9 firefighters
With the grant-funded positions, there are a total of 24 firefighters in the department  
Pa. EMS receives FEMA grant
The EMS squad was given $130,500 to purchase a vehicle  
Ohio fire-EMS receives FEMA grant
Goshen Township Fire and EMS was awarded $23,750 in funding   
Reno judge delays ruling on firefighter layoffs
The firefighters said the city is violating state law that allows for layoffs only if the city can demonstrate a lack of work or a lack of funds  
Ohio seat belt fines fund $2K grant for EMS equipment
The city's fire department received a $2,486 public safety grant that will help purchase backboards, bandages, gauze and other daily use items  
Ill. raises fire department borrowing limit
The program now let's departments borrow $350,000 and don't charge interest; that's $100,000 more than previously  
White House budget proposal cuts fire service programs
If adopted, the cuts will impact fire grant programs and the United States Fire Administration  
FBI raids fire chief's home, he claims no wrong doing
Sources say the investigation has to do with his role on the sheriff's department, not the fire department.  
2 Mass. fire departments land EMS grants
Both departments will purchase advanced air way equipment.  
Minn. EMS awarded grant for community paramedic program
The program aims to increase the quality of rural health while decreasing the cost  
New N.C. dispatcher center funded with state grant
Fire, police, and rescue calls will all be handled from the new location   
Detroit Fire Dept. gets $500K donation from law firm
The firm represented the city's retirees in Detroit's bankruptcy case; the money will be used to replace worn out gear.  
3 Ohio fire departments get radio grants
The money will allow the county departments to switch to interoperable radios.  
Volunteer fire departments get 2 new trucks with USDA grants
The two new pumpers were bought with USDA Rural Development grants.  
Mass. fire department awarded grant for notification system
The system will play a recorded messages over an AM frequency   
Wis. fire departments receive grants for fighting wildfires
A UTV carrying a fire-suppression pack is among the new equipment purchased with the funds   
Ga. fire department awarded $300K for response Boat
The grant will help support the department's maritime and all-hazard efforts   
Tenn. city receives grant to renovate fire, ambulance station
New sleeping and training facilities are planned as part of remodel   
Wis. fire department awarded grant for EMS training
Along with training, the funds may be used for ambulances and other EMS supplies and equipment   
Ohio fire chief suspended over grant money purchase order
The chief was disciplined for not getting a council purchase order to buy turnout gear with all fire grant money.  
SC fire department gets fire truck grant
They were awarded $267,500 for the purchase of a new pumper truck, which brings the county to a total of seven trucks  
Fire dept. installs 130 smoke detectors thanks to grant
The $55,000 grant will help crews check people's homes to see if they need smoke detectors in case their home should have a fire  
Ky. city gets $500K grant for new fire station
The city was also awarded a $20,000 grant earlier this year to buy a Polaris all-terrain vehicle that could be used in rough terrain rescues  
Ill. fire dept. awarded grant to upgrade equipment
Some of the upgrades include a new thermal imager, extrication hoses, ventilation saw, pry bar, axes and a 2.5-inch 1000 GPM nozzle  
Calif. fire dept. receives $2M grant to upgrade SCBA
The newly purchased SCBAs will replace five breathing air compressor systems that are more than 18 years old and currently in use at five fire stations  
Ill. fire chief fights for larger federal radio grant
The department was awarded $218,850 to buy 43 radios that will allow the fire department to continue communication with area police and aid partners  
Texas fire departments receive Helping Heroes grants
The grant money will be used to purchase a fire extinguisher simulator, to purchase air bottles for air packs and stabilizing bars for rescues and firefighter safety  
Ariz. firefighters to be tested for lung cancer
A $50,000 grant will test 100 firefighters; priority will be given to those deployed on 9/11, the OKC bombing or the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina  
Pa. EMS agency receives federal grant
The grant will fund a community paramedicine program and the purchase of new equipment  
Ill. fire department gets grant for ambulance equipment
The federal funds will fund the purchase of new power cots and lift systems  
NY receives $3.7M in grants to treat, prevent strokes
The CDC funds will go toward education and EMS  
Fla. EMS agency receives grant for CPR compressors
Automatic chest compressors increase save rates from 3 percent to 45 percent  
Mich. EMS and fire department gets grant for new equipment and resources
Since 2001, AFG has awarded nearly $6.1 billion in grants to first responder organizations for equipment, training and emergency vehicles  
Ill./Iowa health care system awarded grant for cardiac arrest care
The American Heart Association award aims at improving the system of care for cardiac arrest patients  
Iowa EMS agencies receive grants for extra staff
The grants will help increase staffing countrywide  
Mich. city to lay off 39 firefighters after grant expires
The department applied for an extension but has not heard about approval; the chief said they also might close down a fire station  
Pa. volunteer fire-EMS agency awarded federal grant
Trucksville Volunteer EMS and Fire & Rescue Association were awarded a total of $404,715 in grants   
Okla. gets grant to fight prescription drug overdose deaths
The $820,000 grant will help the state educate providers about over-prescribing and patients about abusing those drugs  
NY receives interoperable communications grant
The $3.5M in grants will fund projects involving infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades   
Video laryngoscopes purchased with trauma commission grant
Central EMS in partnership with Forsyth County fire department is adopting video laryngoscopy for endotracheal intubation  
Who should be part of grant application discussions
Leadership of the organization should make the decision that grant funding is a revenue development strategy that makes sense for the organization as a whole  
3 tips to stand out in the sea of online applications
Grant writers can use these tips to make sure their applications are read and fully understood.  
Why pre-planning is key to grant application success
Collecting data in the pre-planning phase will make your application more competitive.  
AFG grant applications: To partner or not to partner
Here are three questions to ask as your department or agency works through the question of whether to partner or collaborate for an application.  
How firefighters can repeat legislative wins in 2015
Two key pieces of legislation were made law by the efforts of firefighters; similar effort is needed in 2015 to protect our interests.  
Fire chief: My fight with cancer
The journey of acceptance, recovery and paying it forward is retold so that others can live cancer-free lives.  
5 critical issues facing volunteer firefighters
Addressing these five broad issues should be a high priority for the volunteer fire service in the coming year  
4 key changes for volunteers in 2012
Continuing focus on recruitment, retention and leadership will be critical for the volunteer fire and EMS service in 2013.  
The death of the Near-Miss Reporting System
3 best practices for new truck budgets
Keep the budgeting and justification talks separate and never reveal your budget to the sellers.  
Federal grant to fund firefighter EMT training
Pa. fire departments' co-op agreement working
Firefighters, medics say increasing obesity requires new equipment
Minn. fire district wins $500K prize
Ala. fire department lands $600K SAFER grant
The department will use the money to pay volunteers to work shifts.  
Chevron offers $50K grants to 27 Pa. fire departments
The company is donating $2,500 for each well it has in a fire department's jurisdiction.  
Mass. fire department receives Senior SAFE grant
The Senior SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) grant will fund fire education and awareness initiatives geared toward local seniors  
Fla. fire department to hire 67 firefighters with grant
"With the valuable federal support, we can put additional trained, front-line firefighters on the job to protect residents and businesses in our community," Mayor Alvin Brown said  
Grant to help fire department add staff for daytime calls
The federal grant of almost $900,000 will add four full-time firefighters and one fire captain for the next two years — helping the city bridge a gap in its volunteer force  
115 Pa. fire, EMS companies receive $30M from state grant
Fire companies received a total of $26.4M and volunteer ambulance services received $3.6M   
Ohio EMS receives grant for 'Thumper' CPR machines
The device will give CPR to patients; they also purchased portable video laryngoscopes through the safety grant  
Tenn. city gets matching funds for new Fire/EMS station
The county agreed to match $33K and the city will apply for a $267K grant  
N.M. firefighters struggle to respond to fire calls
Officials are hoping a $1 million federal grant will pay for firefighters to work 24 hours a day to make up for lack of volunteers  
N.C. firefighters may respond to emergencies via bicycle
The department has created a 10-member team who will respond to medical emergencies on specially equipped bicycles  
Iowa fire department gets grant to fill positions lost due to cuts
The $500,000 grant award will pay for three new firefighters for two years.  
Commission approves grant application for fire hydrants
County Commissioners approved applying for a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state Department of Community Affairs to pay for the fire hydrants  
Va. awards $3M for EMS computer upgrades
About 200 agencies across the state will get new computers for reporting EMS incidents  
Pa. fire, EMS team up to get $1M in grants for two-way radios
It's part of a regional effort involving 21 emergency response agencies  
Wis. fire and EMS receives grant for building improvements
The $27K will help with flooring, lighting and the replacement of overhead door openers  
Grant sought to restore historic FDNY fireboat
The boat needs $150,000 in work and the owner is seeking a grant that could cover 50 to 75 percent of those costs  
25-cent debt hangs up grant for Ill. fire department
Layoffs postponed for 51 N.J. firefighters hired under grant
Overtime money will keep the crews employed until Dec. 13  
Rural fire district to get donated gear, equipment
Grant restores some lost Calif. responder positions
Specialized Maine firefighting unit generates revenue through contracts, grants
Fire, EMS agencies in 2 Pa. counties to share nearly $1M in grants
32 EMS services and 50 fire departments will use the funds from the state's casino revenue for equipment, building or debt improvements   
Pa. fire departments, EMS agencies receive grants
More than $193,000 was awarded for the construction or renovation of facilities, new equipment, training, and debt reduction   
Patrol boat in center of police, fire tug-of-war
Town officials are still working out the formal arrangement, with some fire department personnel renewing calls for greater control  
Study: City needs to add more medics, cut firefighters
The report said paid firefighters lacked paramedic credentials and that volunteer firefighters arrive at an emergency as quickly as paid firefighters do  
Mass. firefighters say mayor forbid grant applications
He allowed police to apply for and receive grants, while telling several fire departments they could not apply for the state money.  
NY city to lay off 5 firefighters after grant expires
The firefighters to be laid off have not been identified, but the cuts will be based on tenure  
Pa. EMS squad purchases ambulance with FEMA grant
The grant covered most of the vehicle's cost which took over a year to complete   
Houston-area fire departments get grant-funded database, iPads
The new database will tell firefighters what they need to know within the first two minutes on scene.  
6 firefighters' jobs saved while city seeks out new grant
The council voted unanimously to fund the positions until June 30 to allow time for the city to apply again for the FEMA grant  
N.C. hospital awarded $255K grant to install AEDs in churches
The grant also funds CPR and CCC education in 48 churches and community centers   
NY fire department awarded grant for SCBA
The $160,000 grant will be used to buy 30 new SCBA sets.  
Fla. fire department to add 30 volunteer firefighters with FEMA grant
In addition to the half-million dollar grant for training, the department has a $110,000 grant for new radios  
Grant provides Nev. firefighters with body armor
The department received 118 sets of ballistic protection gear for use in active-shooter situations and mass-casualty incidents  
2 Pa. fire departments receive grants
Valley Regional Fire and Rescue received $228,637 and Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 received $237,500.  
Pa. fire department lands $48K grant
The money will be used for operations and safety training.  
Hiring of Conn. volunteer firefighters sparks controversy
Unlike other fire department hires, the applicants didn't have to take a written exam or be physically certified before sitting down for interviews  
Pa. fire department receives USDA grant
The $6,000 grant will pay to repaint the volunteer department's station and repave its driveway.  
Maine EMS receives grant to purchase new ambulance
The Tri-Town Ambulance and Emergency Rescue Service has been awarded a $3,000 grant and a $17,000 loan from the USDA Rural Development's Community Facility Loan  
Ohio city, union trying to avoid firefighter layoffs
Fifteen positions will be cut — 11 layoffs and four unfilled retirements — if a deal is not reached before Aug. 16   
3 W.Va. volunteer fire departments to split $113K grant
The grant money will buy an SCBA fill station, hoses, thermal imagers and flashlights.  
Fire chief: Sales tax would ensure fire department staffing
The tax would pay for firefighters after the SAFER grant used to hire them expires.  
9 Fla. firefighters hired thanks to federal grant
The grant will pay the firefighters' salaries and benefits for two years for rookies and three years for the three veterans   
2 Pa. fire departments land AFG grants
One department received $114,000; the other received $227,000.  
6 Calif. firefighters facing layoffs as grant runs out
With no decision date in sight, the council doesn't know how much money is needed to bridge the gap  
WellSpan forms Pa. partnership fund to help secure EMS grants
The grant money aims to help EMS providers to come together and provide better structure to the system in York County, Pa.  
Pa. EMS gets $58K FEMA grant
The $58,249 will help fun equipment, gear, vehicles, training and more to firefighters and EMS providers  
Minn. EMS uses $4 million grant for automated CPR devices
Ambulances and hospitals will be equipped with the devices that improve survival rates among cardiac arrest victims by reducing ‘rescuer fatigue’  
3 fire departments get thermal imagers with grants
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donated four cameras worth about $37,000.  
Ala. fire chief: Staff cuts will increase risk, response time
The mayor wants to eliminate 15 firefighter positions it added four years ago with a SAFER grant.  
Tucson to hire 53 firefighters on FEMA grant
The $8.6 million grant will pay the firefighters' salaries for two years and delay a hard budget decision.  
Feds approve L.A. County emergency system revisions; work can resume
The move lifts an earlier suspension of the $156.6 million grant for a new interoperable communication system.  
Official: City 'rolling the dice' with fire dept. cuts
The new staffing model, which would allow the stations to remain open year-round, would reduce staffing from 16 to 13  
NY firefighters rally to save fire department
City leaders are looking at eliminating the department through attrition and stripping it of its emergency medical response  
Fire chief improves volunteer recruitment, retention
The chief and Capt. Gene Shealy set six specific goals; read them below to help recruit and retain volunteers at your department  
City applies for grant to cover cost of 1 firefighter
The city laid off a dozen firefighters in 2013 and 2014 because of a financial crisis; they want to refill vacancies with grant money  
Pa. fire companies' buildings to get sprinkler systems
The fire departments received a $189, 050 FEMA grant and each company matched a $5,000 pledge to the project  
27 Pa. fire departments share state grant money
Grants can be used for repairing, building or renovating facilities, new equipment purchase, debt reduction and training and certification of staff.  
Fire chief's widow to finish his veterans' memorial project
Failing to find grant funding, she's looking to raise $5,000 to finish restoring the memorial her husband began before dying from cancer.  
Fla. firefighters, paramedics push for body armor
Citing dangers faced by paramedics at the Pulse nightclub shooting, fire officials have pushed for protective gear, such as armored helmets.  
RI town expects to hire 80 more firefighters
A $15 million federal grant will help fund training and staffing for the upcoming year  
5 Calif. volunteer fire depts. receive $730K grant
The departments will use the funds to purchase upgraded SCBA, which feature a display inside the face mask denoting the amount of remaining air in a tank.  
3 Va. counties receive $4M in grants for new firefighters
County officials will hire 26 firefighters to serve the areas.  
Ohio wins $4.4M grant to hire more firefighters
The SAFER grant will be used to hire between 25 and 35 new firefighters  
Pa. fire depts. get $1.2M grant for new equipment
Several of the depts. will replace their SCBA, some of which are over 10 years old.  
Calif. city to hire 9 more firefighters
The Modesto City Council accepted a $2.2 million grant that will allow them to hire nine firefighters and put an engine back into service.  
Fed. grant to avert Pa. firefighter layoffs
The $1.1M grant will help retain six firefighters and pay for salaries and benefits for two years  
NY volunteer department receives federal funds for cardiac monitors
Over $70K was donated as part of the Firefighters Grant Program.  
NY department awarded $848K in federal aid to hire more firefighters
The FEMA grant will fund the salaries of four new firefighters over a two-year period.  
Ohio town receives $1.8 million to hire 12 firefighters
Retiring firefighters will be replaced by newly-hired firefighter-EMTs.  
Senator announces grant to help NY volunteer fire departments
10 volunteer firefighter departments will receive $2500 each for new equipment  
Idaho dept. receives $750K grant for new equipment
The dept. will purchase new radios, breathing equipment and air supply safety packs  
Mass. fire dept. award $320K grant for SCBA gear
The grant allows the dept. to purchase 45 new SCBA units to replace the nearly 15-year-old ones  
Pa. fire, EMS companies awarded $1.4M in grants
The revenue will go towards numerous projects, including upgrading equipment and training.  
W.Va. fire department adds accelerant-detecting K-9
State Farm offers K-9 through a grant program that allows fire department to prevent and detect fire sources  
DOJ to repay fire depts., police $500K for San Bernardino terror attack response
The grant will be used to reimburse state and local agencies for overtime and regular salary costs related to the response  
Ohio town receives $420K grant for safety gear
The grant money will be used to purchase of 43 sets of firefighter protection gear  
Ky. depts. receive grants for tanker truck
FEMA bestowed the dept. with a $250,000 grant Friday  
Cal Fire gives wildland fire prevention grant
The grants will pay a percentage of the cost to remove dead or dying trees for property owners that are near structures.  
Exhaust Removal Essentials
NY fire department turns to Amkus rescue systems
Case Study: Tenn. department gets healthier; saves money with MagneGrip
5 fire service questions for the next U.S. president
Questions on policy and governing philosophy are coming at the presidential candidates from all angles; here's a list of those the fire service should want answered.  
Q&A: CFSI executive director on fire service politics, funding
Bill Webb discusses the state of CFSI and the greatest threat to the fire service's political influence.  
Arson dog program boosts conviction rates
A long-running grant program is one option for adding a K-9 arson tool to fire or police agencies  

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