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The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
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  • Leesburg, Va., Aug. 22, 2012 -- In a temporary file room at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va, approximately 8,000 grant applications await review by the more than 300 subject matter experts who have been assembled to conduct peer review evaluations for FEMA's fiscal year 2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant programs. The peer reviewers, who are volunteers from fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical services organizations across the country, evaluate and score the applications, providing FEMA with award recommendations.

    File room where AFG and SAFER grant applications are stored prior to peer review evaluation.

    Photo by Sharon Cargo
    Leesburg, Va., Aug. 22, 2012 -- In a temporary file room at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va, approximately 8,000 grant applications await review by the more than 300 subject matter experts who have been assembled to conduct peer review evaluations for FEMA's fiscal year 2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant programs. The peer reviewers, who are volunteers from fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical services organizations across the country, evaluate and score the applications, providing FEMA with award recommendations.
  • Pittsburgh, Pa., July 6, 2009 -- Firefighter Melanie Smail (Loughlin) has her vital signs checked by researcher Steve Reis after she participated in a 20-minute controlled firefighting exercise. The data collected are being evaluated as part of a study on the effectiveness of cooling techniques on firefighters' health and safety, which is being led by Dr. Dave Hostetler, University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine. The study was funded by a FEMA Fire Preventioin and Safety Research and Development Grant, which is part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

    Grant Investigates the Effectiveness of Cooling Techinques on Firefighter Health

    Photo by Sharon Cargo
    Pittsburgh, Pa., July 6, 2009 -- Firefighter Melanie Smail (Loughlin) has her vital signs checked by researcher Steve Reis after she participated in a 20-minute controlled firefighting exercise. The data collected are being evaluated as part of a study on the effectiveness of cooling techniques on firefighters' health and safety, which is being led by Dr. Dave Hostetler, University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine. The study was funded by a FEMA Fire Preventioin and Safety Research and Development Grant, which is part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
  • Each year, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program provides fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service providers with grants, to buy new emergency response vehicles to replace unsafe apparatus.

The primary purpose of these grants is to improve the safety of both the public and firefighters.  Safer vehicles, designed to meet current national standards, helps to improve the ability of firefighters to protect their communities.  Since the AFG Program started in 2001, we have awarded more than 4,300 grants to help fire departments, with few resources, replace unsafe emergency vehicles and remove them from service, permanently.

    AFG Vehicle Grants - Assistance to Firefighters Grant

    Video by Sirisha Burra
    Each year, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program provides fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service providers with grants, to buy new emergency response vehicles to replace unsafe apparatus. The primary purpose of these grants is to improve the safety of both the public and firefighters. Safer vehicles, designed to meet current national standards, helps to improve the ability of firefighters to protect their communities. Since the AFG Program started in 2001, we have awarded more than 4,300 grants to help fire departments, with few resources, replace unsafe emergency vehicles and remove them from service, permanently.
  • Welcome to this video on preparing to apply for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The AFG is a Federal grant program of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The goal of these grants is to help strengthen the response capabilities of fire departments and emergency medical services organizations. The grants enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public as well as that of firefighting personnel facing fire and fire-related hazards.

    Getting a Grant - Assistance to Firefighters Grant

    Video by Sirisha Burra
    Welcome to this video on preparing to apply for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The AFG is a Federal grant program of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The goal of these grants is to help strengthen the response capabilities of fire departments and emergency medical services organizations. The grants enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public as well as that of firefighting personnel facing fire and fire-related hazards.
  • So, you've applied for a grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. You received your application confirmation, but you haven't heard anything since then. You aren't sure where to look, who to call, or what to do. Stand by for the answers to these questions and more.

    The AFG Mail Center and E-Grant Application System

    Video by Carlos Gomez
    So, you've applied for a grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. You received your application confirmation, but you haven't heard anything since then. You aren't sure where to look, who to call, or what to do. Stand by for the answers to these questions and more.
  • In 2005, Congress appropriated funding to the Assistance to Firefighters Grants to engage U.S. universities and other research organizations to find ways to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

Through the AFG's Fire Prevention and Safety Grants program, more than 60 Firefighter Safety Research and Development grants have been awarded to improve firefighter safety, health, and well-being. 
These grants are based on a partnership between science and the fire service. Firefighter and industry partners work with researchers and engineers on these studies to develop new fire fighting technologies, evaluate risk behaviors, and test ways to move new safety and health information into firefighter programs and practices. Firefighters are involved in each phase of these research grants, from early project planning and active participation in the study, to facilitating the transfer of research results and information into everyday practice.

    AFG Research and Development

    Video by Carlos Gomez
    In 2005, Congress appropriated funding to the Assistance to Firefighters Grants to engage U.S. universities and other research organizations to find ways to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Through the AFG's Fire Prevention and Safety Grants program, more than 60 Firefighter Safety Research and Development grants have been awarded to improve firefighter safety, health, and well-being. These grants are based on a partnership between science and the fire service. Firefighter and industry partners work with researchers and engineers on these studies to develop new fire fighting technologies, evaluate risk behaviors, and test ways to move new safety and health information into firefighter programs and practices. Firefighters are involved in each phase of these research grants, from early project planning and active participation in the study, to facilitating the transfer of research results and information into everyday practice.
  • Congratulations!  Your organization has been notified that it will receive an award from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.  All of your planning and hard work has paid off.  

Before you start spending those grants funds, there is some key information about how to manage your grant that you need to know.  There are specific requirements and procedures that you must follow to ensure success with your grant. So let’s go over those requirements and procedures so that you can start using your grant.

    AFG GRANTS MANAGEMENT

    Video by Carlos Gomez
    Congratulations! Your organization has been notified that it will receive an award from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. All of your planning and hard work has paid off. Before you start spending those grants funds, there is some key information about how to manage your grant that you need to know. There are specific requirements and procedures that you must follow to ensure success with your grant. So let’s go over those requirements and procedures so that you can start using your grant.
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