Update/Changes to 2009 AFG
Just got back from a workshop. Thought I would pass along some key points that were brought out during the workshop.
2008 AFG Awards: By March 1st all departments will know the outcome of their grant applications (awarded or DJed).
2009 Application Period: March 16th-April 17th (tentative, not written in stone).
2009 AFG PG: Will be out close to the application period. No significant changes to PG.
New for 2009:
1) Level of response for EMS focusing on ALS vs. BLS
2) Wellness & Fitness
3 highest priorites: Entry level physicals, Physical assessment for on board, Immunization
Physycal agility assessments & fitness equipment next priority
3) Modifications to stations
Structures built after 2003 ineligible.
Stations with sleeping quarters and occupied 24/7 are the highest priorities.
Exhaust extraction systems (like Plymovent) are a higher priority.
4) Vehicle Aquisition
Awardees must comply with Chapter 6 of NFPA 1500.
SOP/SOG's should require everyone to wear seatbelts and drivers to obey all traffic laws, signals and signs.
5) Excess Funds
Up to 50% of excess funds can be used for training and/or wellness & fitness initiatives with approval from DHS through an amendment request.
Forgot one thing: a new segment was added to the workshop. It dealt with procurement integrity.