Issue 4 and Volume 154.

FEMA/USFA seek fire departments’ input on new grant program Representatives from major fire service organizations met with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its United States Fire Administration (USFA) at the end of January at the National Emergency Training Center to help develop criteria for evaluating grant proposals under the new $100 million fire service grant program. “The participation of these organizations is critical to the success of this new program,” says Kenneth Burris, acting USFA Administrator. “Their support and expertise will help us meet our goal to award all the grants before the end of September.” All fire departments-volunteer, combination, career, rural, suburban, and urban-are invited to give their input concerning the administrating of the grant program. Among the key actions taken to speed the grant application process are the following: Applicants will be able to apply online as well as through the traditional paper form.…

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