Seattle, WA -- As the May 2, 2001 deadline approaches, FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) report less than 250 completed applications have been received from fire departments across the nation. The U.S. Fire Administration's new $100 million Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is designed to enhance local and tribal nation fire department capabilities to protect the health and safety of the public, and of firefighting personnel facing fire and fire-related hazards. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis, based on demonstrated financial need for, and maximum benefit to be derived from, such grants. Fire departments can apply for grants in any two of six categories, with a maximum award limit of $750,000.
Categories include training, wellness/fitness programs, firefighting vehicles, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, and fire prevention programs. Application forms are available at: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/grants or directly from the Grant Office by calling toll-free (866) 274-0960. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT by May 2, 2001 and should be mailed to:
USFA Grant Program Technical Assistance Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-8898