Release No.: 02-034
Release Date: April 15, 2002
OVER 19,500 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED FOR
FIREFIGHTERS GRANT PROGRAM
FEMA to Distribute $360 Million in Grants
Beginning in Early June
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency
Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) received a
record 19,500 on-line applications from fire departments nationwide for
the “Assistance to Firefighters” competitive grant program. The
applications were accepted up to the April 5 deadline as part of USFA’s
$360 million grant program aimed at improving operations, services and
equipment for the first responder communities.
"The response to this program has
been outstanding and highlights the needs of our fire service first
responders across the country," FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said. “This
important program will help meet the critical needs of those men and women
who put their lives on the line for their communities each and every day.”
Applying to this year’s fire grant
program, members in the fire service excelled in using FEMA’s first-time
ever on-line participation process. Of the more than 19,500 applications
received this year, only about 50 paper applications were submitted to
USFA. In addition, the total number of applications this year was almost a
thousand more than the previous year. In all, the total of all
applications requested more than $2.2 billion for basic firefighting
USFA will hold a series of panels
in April and May to review the applications and offer recommendations to
FEMA on how to award the grants. The panels include nearly 300 fire
service personnel from across the nation. Following the completion of the
panel peer review process, FEMA will begin awarding grants in late May or
early June and will continue through the fall.
“In the review process, FEMA will
be sure to balance the needs of all communities, including rural,
suburban, and urban departments around the country,” United States Fire
Administrator R. David Paulison said. “In addition, the distribution of
funds will also be weighted to include departments with volunteers, career
staff or a combination of volunteer and career staff."
USFA is still reviewing
applications, but this year’s preliminary data show a broad spectrum of
fire departments and needs that include:
- Volunteer/Combination fire
departments: 17, 786 applications requesting more than $1.9
- Career fire departments: 1,733
applications requesting more than $287 million.
Under the “Assistance to
Firefighter” competitive grant program, applications are divided into four
program areas. The breakdown below indicates the breakdown of the grant
money being requested:
- Fire Operations and Firefighter
Safety: $882,539,097 representing 58 percent of the applications.
- Fire Fighting Vehicles: $1.26
billion representing 37 percent of the applications.
- Emergency Medical Services:
$35,174,783 representing two percent of the applications.
- Fire Prevention Programs:
$30,580,741 representing three percent of the applications.
More information on the grant
program is available from the USFA Web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants,
the Grant Office's toll-free information line at 866-274-0960, or
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