Washington, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s United States Fire Administration announced today the complete application for the 2002 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is now available on-line. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will distribute $360 million in grants to local fire departments this year through a competitive application process.
The interactive application package, which is available on-line from the US Fire Administration (USFA) Web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants, includes additional information about the application, including program guidance. A frequently asked questions section is also available.
While a paper version of the application is available, fire departments are encouraged to use the on-line form. Fire departments that do not have access to computers should look to their municipalities, libraries and other public facilities to fill out the application.
The purpose of the program is to award one-year grants directly to fire departments of a State to enhance their abilities with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. This program seeks to identify departments that lack the basic tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel.
Who is eligible?
Fire departments located in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible. A fire department is defined as an agency or organization that has a formally recognized arrangement with a state, local or tribal authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town or other governing body) to provide fire suppression, fire prevention and rescue services to a population within a fixed geographical area.
What will be funded?
Fire departments can apply for eligible activities in one of four different programs:
- Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety (eligible activities include: Training, Wellness and Fitness, Firefighting Equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment)
- Fire Prevention (eligible activities include: Public Education, Public Awareness, Code Enforcement, and Arson Prevention)
- Emergency Medical Services (eligible activities include: Training and Equipment)
- Firefighting Vehicles
When will applications be accepted?
The application period will begin March 1 at 12:01 a.m. EST and remain open until 5:00 p.m. EST on April 1, 2002. Evaluation panels will review applications in April and May. Grants awards begin in May and continue until all funds are awarded.
Additional information and assistance about the applications can be directed to (866) 274-0960 or via email at: USFAGRANTS@FEMA.gov.