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    Default AFG updates -- let us know when you hear something

    I know there is another AFG thread. What I am hoping for is a thread that can be a quick reference so when someone receives news they can post and we can all start checking again. I know people can post any comments they like in a thread but it would be a helpful tool to know when stuff is happening.

    I just read SARG77 post that he received his 10 Questions this morning. That is the kind of news I think could help everyone.

    Let us know when you receive your 1199As, your 10?s, official notification of an award, or (heaven forbid) your DJs.

    If we keep to the facts here I think this can work.

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    10 questions (06/18/08)this mourning,answered and sent back !!!!

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    10 questions recieved and sent back this am (06/18/2008).

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    10 questions received and returned today.

    Unfortunately they cut the vehicle program cost from $158K to $125K

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    What type of vehicle Andy? (I'm assuming a Wildland/Brush piece)

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    Had a mini-pumper/quick attack cut from $129K to $125K; no sweat, send me the check!LOL!
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    Default 10 Qs for Vehicles are

    Some of you are wondering what the ten questions will look like. Here htey are for a vehicle award:

    I am the Grants Management Specialist from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate, assigned to review your Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application. Your application was favorably reviewed by a panel of your peers. As such, I have a few matters to discuss/verify with you prior to processing your application any further. Be advised, this is not a notification of award; it is only a preliminary discussion of your application.



    1) If you are selected for a grant award, would you accept?



    1b.) Your request for vehicle has been reduced to $125,000 not the $129,500 indicated in the initial application, if awarded would you accept?



    2a) If you are selected for a grant award, can your department meet the required cost-share?



    2b) How are you planning to meet the required cost-share?



    3) If you are selected for an award, do you understand that the grant funds can only be used to purchase the number and types of items listed in the Request Details section of the approved grant application and that you have to complete the project (i.e., order the goods or services, receive the goods or services, and accept the goods or services) within the grantís one-year period of performance?



    4). If you are selected, do you understand that your department will be required to report to National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for one year commencing at your earliest convenience during the performance period of the grant? Nonaffiliated EMS organizations do not have to comply with the NFIRS reporting requirement.



    * If you need assistance reporting to NFIRS, you may call the support center toll free number 1-888-382-3827.



    5) Is your department fully compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) directives issued by your State and your local jurisdiction?



    * If you have any questions on National Incident Management System (NIMS) please call the NIMS Integration Center at 202/646-3850 or email them at

    NIMS-Integration-Center@dhs.gov.



    6a) Since submitting the application referenced herein, has your department purchased any of the items requested in the application? If so, what was purchased, when was it purchased, and why?



    6b) Has your department incurred any other pre-award expenditures such as payment of a grant writer?



    * If you used a grant writer, please fax a copy of the bank statement and canceled check (front and back) that was paid to the grant writer to FAX # 202-786-9905, to the attention of the Grants Management Specialist who contacted you. Please include the following information: Grant # EMW-2008-FO/FV/FR-XXXXX; FD name, city and State, and your name.



    7) Do you have any changes to your contact information provided in your application, such as the names of the individuals, phone numbers, or email addresses?



    * If the primary point of contact has a new email address, please follow the instructions below:



    Using the same user name and id when you applied for the grant, log into https://portal.fema.gov. Once you are into the Status screen, you will select Edit Profile located in the top of the screen. Your next screen will reveal your personal information where you will see your current email address listed. Once you have edited the email address you will click on the Save button. You will then receive a confirmation screen that your profile has been updated but you are NOT finished Ė you must click near the top left Authorized Applications. You will then click on Firefighters Grant link near the top left to ensure that all updated profile information is transferred through the system.



    8a) Do you have any changes to your DUNS number, EIN number or your banking information listed in your application?



    8b) Have you verified that the EIN submitted (XX-XXXXXXX) is correct?



    8c) Are you sharing an EIN with your city and/or county? If so, please name the parent entity.



    8d) Do you have authorization to use this EIN#?



    9a) Have you previously received a FEMA/DHS Assistance to Firefighters Grant?



    If you responded yes, please indicate what year(s) you were awarded, a brief summary of what items were purchased, a current status on the awarded grant(s), and the dates of the grantís period of performance.



    * * * Performance on prior awards is taken into consideration when processing new applications. Closing out overdue AFG grants may facilitate further processing of your FY 2007 application.* * *



    9b) Have you received any other Federal funding this fiscal year?



    If you responded yes, please indicate the name of the agency that awarded you federal funding and a brief summary of the items that were awarded.



    10a) VEHICLE Applicants only: Do you understand that vehicle awardees will be required to include a Performance Bond as part of the contract with the vehicle manufacturer.



    * * * Extensions to a grant's period of performance may not be considered if a Performance Bond is not included in the purchase contract. * * *



    10b) Do you certify that you currently have a comprehensive driver/operator training program (compliant with NFPA 1002) already in place or, if you do not have a comprehensive driver/operator training program and you are awarded a grant, do you certify that your Department will have a program in place within one year of the award?



    10c) Do you verify that the vehicle being replaced will be completely removed from service? In order to comply with this requirement, you may NOT donate, sell, give, or transfer your unsafe vehicle to any other emergency response organization.



    Again, this is not a notification of award; it is only a preliminary discussion of your application. Once I complete my review, and receive your favorable reply to this message, I will forward your application on to the next phase. If your department is selected you will be notified by e-mail through our on-line grants system. In that email, you will be directed to a website to print the award forms and other pertinent information.
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    Anyone one get any operations and safety 10q's yet? I'm getty antsy already!! lol

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    Sarg did. Guess they did ?s today and no 1199As. Maybe tomorrow...

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    I got the necessary signatures and faxed the copy of the 1199A to DHS this morning.
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    Gonz, long time no post in these parts. Congrats. What's coming for an early Xmas this year?

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    I sent in the 1199A yesterday and received the notifcation of DHS's acceptance of our banking information today. Then I received our 10? with a big reduction. I am working on a rebuttal.

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    Found our 1199A last night, printed it and will send it in first thing in the morning. Got it for 123,000 for PPE/SCBA/TIC.

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    Jackson, did you get the email yesterday or did you find the update and email came today?

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    BC79er, I haven't recieved any type of e-mail so far. Just found the 1199A update under our 2004 AFG grant with our 2008 grant number as a reference on the 1199A.

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    Ah, was just curious on the timing. Did they request an update or did you just do it? Normally they don't ask for updates if you've been awarded before, but stranger things have happened in this game.

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    Was there a request to re-fax the 1199A form to them? Generally, a 2004 award on your 1199A would indicate no need for change, unless you have information that needs changed.

    Had you checked prior to last night for 1199A updates, or do you think it came last night?

    EDIT: I type slower than Brian.

    7Stones: What was reduced, if you don't mind?

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    We have changed banks since we were awarded the grant is 2004. And it did request us to update and re-submit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLY4420 View Post

    7Stones: What was reduced, if you don't mind?
    We are working on a SCBA compressor/refill station. The original grant request was for $37,170. The countered with a reduction to a large cascade system and $6,500. The problem is there are no other breathing air compressors in our Township. In fact, the three townships in our immediate area, covering 193 square miles, lack a compressor/refill station. Depending on where a fire occurs we could be looking at up to 45-60 minutes drive time one way to refill bottles. What's worse, no one has mobile refill capabilities up here. We receive over 200 inches of lake-effect snow every winter. That makes the refill options slim at best for six months of the year.

    I plan to submit an email tomorrow attempting to justify our request and asking AFG to restore us to our original request. We shall see what happens. The 10? are in my inbox waiting but I want to hear what they say first.

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    Jon,

    What did you select when you applied?

    I recall that there were multiple (even repetitive) options for air fill solutions.

    There was a "Complete Air Fill System" under basic equipment, and then there were individual components. I believe there was air fill solutions under advanced (rescue) type equipment as well.

    Depending on which piece you selected, might be what's limiting you. $40,000 has been the "Complete" system cap in the past.

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    Sly-

    I went back to check. I indicated "complete air-fill system" in my request details section. We over-matched on our request with help from our Township. The original price was $41,170. We took that down to $37,170. When we subtract our 5% required match we are down to $35,314. We should be O.K. with the $$ side.

    I know the air-fill station that everyone uses now, in a neighboring township was purchased with AFG support in 2003. I wonder if that is hurting us? How far do they expect a department to travel for air? This is a pretty rural area. We are used to driving quite a distance for just about everything. But when it comes to breathing air needs on a fire, it seems to me that there should be a reasonable limit on drive time. We had a fire in January where the drive time to refill during the fire would have been almost an hour one way.

    We use a lot of air on fires. It is a serious pain in the neck afterward to load all our bottles into a truck and drive them over to the compressor. The guys in that department are really good about helping us but it is time consuming for everyone and can take days for us to coordinate schedules to get our cylinders refilled. In the meantime we could have little or no air on our trucks. That puts a real crimp in our response capabilities.

    I don't know. I emailed Kurt some ideas about my appeal email that I plan to send in tomorrow. I am open to suggestions. A cascade system would be nice but then we need a class 2 containment fill station, we need a way to transport those heavy bottles to/from the compressor, and we need the time to wait while large capacity cylinders are filled. It sure would be a lot easier if they would just give us the fill station so we could take care of our air needs and provide for the air needs of our mutual aid departments.

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    I think someone just looked too quickly and didn't realize what was being asked for. I only know of one of the compressor apps I worked that's up so far and they haven't gotten any reduction. Picked the same thing in the drop-down, that's the only option that makes sense for a full compressor/cascade/fill station set. If you had all the components listed in the description box then someone really was sleeping when they went through yours. No reason for the reduction at all.

    Don't forget to mention that $6500 won't allow you to buy an NFPA required fill station along with the cascade. Not "allowed" to reduce you to the point that you can't comply with NFPA.

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    Thank you for the encouragement. It didn't seem to make sense to me either. Just the calss 2 refill station would cost us a few thousand dollars. I am hoping this was just an oversight and a quick email can straighten it out.

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    Bottom line: Complete air fill system should allow you up to $37,170 that you applied for -- no problem.

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    Received the 1199A and the 10 Q's for our Regional application. $15k for an NFPA Firefighter 1 Academy, NWCG Firefighter Type 2 class, instructor cirriculum, textbooks and audio/visual equipment.

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