FEMA recently opened the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application period. “The primary goal of the AFG is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.”
- 50% – Bedrooms were the leading location where civilian fire fatalities occurred in residential buildings.
- The time period from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. accounted for 52% of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings. This period also accounted for 49% of fatal fires in residential buildings.
- More than half of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves. (55%)
- 46% of electrical failure home fires involved other known type of equipment, such as washer or dryer, fans, and portable or stationary space heater.
- “Other unintentional, careless” actions (15%) and “smoking” (14%) were the leading reported causes of fatal fires in residential buildings.
- An estimated 10,000 residential building attic fires are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 30 deaths, 125 injuries, and $477 million in property loss.
Important changes have been made to the AFG Awards Procedures.
The only notification that will be received by the applicant organization will be a single e-mail notification from firstname.lastname@example.org. The AFG Mail Center will also receive a copy of the message.
This year there will be no preliminary questionnaire sent to applicants that are being considered for the award.
All applicants chosen for the awards must formally ACCEPT or DECLINE the award within 30 days of notification. Information on how to do so will be provided in the notification e-mail.
If the applicant doesn’t accept or decline their award within 30 days of the notification, the funds will be returned to FEMA.
Before any awards are accepted, applicants should read the information in the Award Package and the Articles of Agreement. Be sure to pay extra attention to Articles 4 and 5.
If applicants believe they have pre-award expenses or grant-writer fees eligible for funding, they must be discussed with a Grants Management Specialist prior to accepting the award.
AFG award announcements are expected to take place in December. They will continue rolling into 2012 until all of the funds are awarded. Be sure to check your email and the AFG Mail Center often to look for the e-mail notice concerning your application. All applicants will be notified regardless of whether they will receive an award.
Be sure your organization has registered for the Central Contractor Registration (CCR). If you have not done so, please complete the registration at https://www.bpn.gov/ccr/default.aspx. Those that have not completed this registration process, or haven’t completed the required annual renewal and revalidation of CCR data, will not be able to receive grant funds.
Questions can be directed to the AFG Help Desk at 1.866.274.0960 or email@example.com.