Your resource for updates on grants for the fire service,
including the SAFER and AFG programs, as well as exclusive
features on fire department grant writing.


Welcome to the Fire Grant Help Center, sponsored by Draeger.

Here you will find updates on grants for the fire service, including the SAFER and AFG programs, as well as exclusive features on fire department grant writing. You'll also find firefighter training articles on live-burn training, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and training props, along with offerings from our sponsor.

The FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) period is now open! With $319.5 Million in grant solicitation available, get started now.


Oscar Armstrong of Cincinnati Fire

Mayday Monday: Firefighter Survival and the Basics

Tony Carroll reviews the tragic incident that claimed the life of Cincinnati (OH) Firefighter Oscar Armstrong III.
Chicago firefighters laddering a building

Firefighter Training Drill: Laddering the Building

Throwing ground ladders to all windows of the structure provides immediate access to the building as well as immediate access out it.
Indianapolis firefighter with full SCBA and face piece

Firefighter Training Drill: Face Piece Communications

Mark van der Feyst reviews a simple drill to train on achieving clear communications on the fireground.
SCBA quick connect

The SCBA Tug: Ensure You Are Connected

Mark van der Feyst presents a back-to-basics drill on making sure your firefighters' self-contained breathing apparatus connections are solid.
Hydrant kit bag

Firefighter Training Drill: The Hydrant Kit

Mark van der Feyst offers a simple training drill to review the contents of the hydrant kit, review/practice its deployment, and practice equipment placement.

Firefighter Training Drill: Gate Valve the Hydrant

Mark van der Feyst offers this new drill on practicing securing a hydrant for a water source by adding gate valves to all ports.

Reading Smoke: The Next Generation

This event was recorded April 9, 2020 and is now available for on demand viewing.
Whether you are new to the reading smoke topic or a longtime practitioner, improved decision making relies on the cues and clues available in reading smoke.

PPE Drills: Donning Quickly and Properly

Besides quickly turning out for a response, donning your personal protective equipment (PPE) proficiently is one of the proven ways to save time and lives on the fireground.

Drills You’re Not Going to Find in the Books

Raul A. Angulo examines and questions the fire service’s motivations for training and offers these helpful drills that will improve any department’s efficiency.
Firefighters attack a vehicle fire

Company Drills: Keep Them Coming Back for More

With proper preparation and practice delivery, a company officer can make any drill great. Drew Smith writes about excellence in firefighter training.