AFG Grant Support Information from Kidde Fire Trainers

AFG Grant Support

The FIRE Act Assistance to Firefighters Grant program has made $545 million in 2006 available to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards. Numerous departments have already received a Mobile FIRETRAINER® through a grant in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006. Kidde Fire Trainers has prepared the following information to assist those who are interested in obtaining a Mobile FIRETRAINER® T-4000, ML, or Hazmat Tanker gas-fueled fire training system through this grant program.

What can be purchased with FIRE Act funds?
The grant program allows for several categories of items to be purchased with grant funds. Of particular importance is the "Operations and Firefighter Safety Program - Training" category that allows for training equipment such as a Kidde FIRETRAINER® gas-fueled fire training system.

The Mobile FIRETRAINER® is a computer-controlled, propane gas-fueled training system that allows the basic NFPA 1001 skills (forcible entry, search & rescue, SCBA confidence, fire suppression, ventilation, etc.) to be taught in a safe and environmentally sound manner. The system replicates class A, B and C fires and produces environmentally sound smoke.

Important note: Grant rules require the training system to be mobile on wheels.

What are the new (more favorable) grant match requirements?
As of 2006 the match requirements are:

>50,000 population                     Match = 20% of total
  20,000 to 50,000 population     Match = 10% of total
<20,000 population                     Match = 5% of total

What are the top reasons why grant applicants fail?
Applicants fail because:
• Request is for low priority items
• Lack of collaboration, partnerships
• Don''t check their work
• Don''t make a case for financial need
• Don''t provide a problem statement
• Fail to make a case for cost-benefit
• Do not itemize items
• Request too many items
  ("shopping  cart" proposal)
• Don''t follow directions
(Source: Office for Domestic Preparedness, 2004 Workshop Presentation)

How can Kidde Fire Trainers help you with the grant application?
Kidde Fire Trainers is committed to providing our customers with supporting information needed to successfully write and receive a grant. Kidde will provide information about our training products and even supply a sample narrative.

This information, combined with your intimate knowledge of your fire department and a little determination, will set your organization on its way towards improved training capability.

Kidde encourages you to explore the Preparedness Directorate's Office of Grants and Training website for more detailed information regarding grant applications:
Toll-free Phone (866) 274-0960


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