FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant application period is now open. The deadline for submitting grant applications is 5:00 PM EST on December 5, 2014.
Don’t miss the opportunity to receive federal grant funding for critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to provide effective public and fire fighter safety in your communities.
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Received a $1.5 Million Grant From FEMA to Address Volunteer Firefighter Health Issues.
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The University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at Houston has received nearly $1.5 million in preparedness funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to address the health of volunteer firefighters.
The UT Health Science Center at Houston will use the FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant to assess the effectiveness of an Internet-based firefighter health and wellness program for volunteer fire departments. A national sample of volunteer fire departments will be recruited for a six-month-long study that will focus on nutrition and fitness for the firefighters. Modifications will be made to the program based on the study findings.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has tracked the number of firefighter fatalities and conducted an annual analysis for 36 years. Through the collection of information on the causes of firefighter deaths, the USFA is able to focus on specific problems and direct efforts toward finding solutions to reduce the number of firefighter fatalities. This information is also used to measure the effectiveness of current programs directed toward firefighter health and safety.
According to FEMA, in 2012 there were 81 firefighter fatalities in the U.S., including 28 career firefighters, 42 volunteer firefighters, and 11 members of wildland fire agencies. The 42 volunteer firefighter deaths including 21 from rural fire departments and 21 from urban/suburban fire departments. The deaths resulted during different types of duties, including training, responding to fires, fireground operations, on-scene nonfire, after the incident, returning from incident, and other on-duty responsibilities.
“Volunteer firefighters are integral to the firefighting profession and to the communities they support,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. “We are proud to be a part of this important effort to boost their health and well-being."
A volunteer firefighter works part-time or on-call and may have other jobs. Although they are volunteers, employers may pay them as employees when they respond to an emergency or participate in training drills, according to the Social Security Administration.
FP&S grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, grants that support projects to enhance the safety of the public and protect firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development.
By Lorrie Barclay, for GSM Magazine
By Kevin Mulrooney (www.FireEngineering.com)
Without a doubt, receiving a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) award is much more fun than managing it. Especially since most fire departments submit several applications under the various programs over many years until they receive the happy news.
But managing the award is equally as important as receiving it. When our clients receive awards, we present them with some common sense guidelines on how to document expenditures, avoid conflicts, and maintain good records. Our recommendations are based much more on logical book keeping than any accepted fiscal standard. In fact, it's largely based on how we operate our business practices.
"The number one issue we have with our awardees comes within the first minutes of award notification," said Tom Devaney, Director of Operations at JSK Inc/Grant-Guys. "The initial question almost immediately is, 'Can we use the money for something else? We don't want that anymore.'" The short answer is no. If you applied for an item and were awarded that item, it is highly unlikely the award will be greatly altered. This is is because the questions are computer scored for various items, and the narrative was approved by the peer review committee for that specific item.
The reality is that much of the AFGP is based on the honor system. As citizens and firefighters, it's up to us to be honest and keep good records. But many awards are audited. Recently, one of our clients was the subject of an AFGP desk review. We assisted the fire department for two reasons: first, we wanted to learn what should be documented to help our other clients in the future; and secondly--and most importantly--it was the right thing to do.
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Kevin Mulrooney is a 30 year volunteer firefighter/EMT/Hazmat Tech. He is the owner of JSK Inc., "the Grant-Guys." JSK is NYâs largest fire grant writing firm securing a record $2 million by round four of the 2013 AFGP. JSK represents 200 fire departments in nine states.
The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development. The FY 2013 FP&S Application period now open through Friday, March 21 at 5pm EST.
Click Here To Learn More & Apply: http://www.fema.gov/fire-prevention-safety-grants
via KVUE-- The Austin Fire Department is currently discussing the possibility of purchasing bullet proof or bullet resistant vests for first responders.
The discussion was prompted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in a recent article regarding the nation’s most recent mass casualties such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and the Boston Marathon bombings.
FEMA experts are suggesting that all firefighters across the United States be armed with bullet proof vests in hopes of saving more lives when responding to mass shootings and other critical incidents.
“There's always an inherent amount of risk going into those scenes, you know, and when you're not protected with the best safety equipment out there, that risk kind of goes up,” said Randy Denzer with the Austin Firefighters Association.
“The Austin Firefighters Association is all for changing those protocols just like the Obama administration is now asking us to do. We're all for it. The one thing we're also for though is we want to make sure that if there's any safety equipment that can help us do our job better, help us get to the patients sooner than that's all worth looking into very well,” said Denzer.
Paramedics with Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services have had bullet proof vests for nearly 10 years.
“I last wore mine approximately two to three months ago. It was for a call in which a person had been reportedly stabbed. At the end of the day, our goal is to go home to our families and keep serving our community,” said Commander Jonathan Mudge with Austin/Travis County EMS.
An AFD. spokesperson said the department is looking for funding to purchase some of the vests, but no clear time table was available.
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