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    Cool Program Guide Change

    If you have already copied the program guidance and application kit page 54 has changed.


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    Good catch, Midland35!

    I think you found the more important change. In case anyone cares, these are all the changes I found -- with one big typographical error as well. If anyone finds others, please add to the list!


    * Date on the cover changed from February 2009 to April 2009

    * Emphasis for FY 2009 Ė Procurement Integrity (page 3 of the PDF)

    Below, we have reiterated the requirements and DHS expectations of fire departments
    and EMS organizations grantees when buying goods and services with Federal grant
    funds. DHS will include a review of granteesí procurement practices as part of the
    normal monitoring activities.
    Changed to

    Below, we have reiterated the Federal procurement requirements for fire departments
    and EMS organizations grantees when buying goods and services with Federal grant
    funds. DHS will include a review of granteesí procurement practices as part of
    the normal monitoring activities.

    * In regards to SAFER (page 30 of the PDF)

    Grants will be announced on the USFA Website at www.usfa.gov.
    Changed to

    Grants will be announced on the USFA Website at www.usfa.dhs.gov.


    * Missing text on page 51-52 of the PDF (Fire Department Projects) (Text in italics is in the original but missing from the current version)

    - Firefighter Operations and Safety. Eligible activities for fire departments
    under this program area are limited to training, equipment, PPE, wellness
    and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities. If an EMS unit
    falls organizationally under the auspices of a fire department, the fire
    department may submit requests for EMS training and equipment on behalf
    of their departmentís EMS unit under the appropriate functional area (i.e.,
    training or equipment, respectively). However, a fire department CANNOT
    apply as a nonaffiliated EMS organization, even if its application is solely for
    EMS equipment or training. Requests for equipment, PPE, and training to
    prepare for response to incidents involving CBRNE are eligible under the
    appropriate activities in this program area. Applicants should ensure that all
    projects applied for under AFG are consistent with national standards and
    address interoperable communications and equipment compatibility.


    - Firefighter Vehicle Acquisition. Eligible apparatus available to fire
    departments under this program area include, but are not limited to,
    pumpers, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, ambulances,
    quints, aerials, foam units, and fire boats. Urban and suburban departments
    may apply for multiple vehicles on one application; however, urban and
    [continues as expected]

    * In regards to application scoring (page 58 of the PDF)

    Panelists will evaluate and score the following project elements:
    1) The clarity of your proposed project, including the projectís budget detail.
    2) The organizationís financial need.
    3) The benefits that would result from an award relative to the cost.
    4) The extent to which the grant would enhance daily operations.
    5) How the grant will positively impact an organizationís ability to protect life and
    property.
    Each of these five elements carries equal weight when factored into the panelistsí scores (i.e., one-fifth).
    Changed to

    Panelists will evaluate and score the following project elements:
    1) The clarity of your proposed project, including the projectís budget detail.
    2) The organizationís financial need.
    3) The benefits that would result from an award relative to the cost.
    4) The extent to which the grant would enhance daily operations.
    Each of these four elements carries equal weight when factored into the panelistsí scores (i.e., one-fourth).

    * Help Desk hours (page 66 of the PDF)

    AFG Help Desk. AFG staffs a help desk throughout the application period. The help
    desk can provide assistance with navigation through the automated application as well as
    provide programmatic assistance with respect to questions of eligibility. The help desk
    can be contacted at 1-866-274-0960 or via email at firegrants@dhs.gov. The help desk
    hours of operation during the application period are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday
    through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday; and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 on Sunday, March
    29, 2009. All times listed are eastern standard time.
    Changed to

    AFG Help Desk. AFG staffs a help desk throughout the application period. The help
    desk can provide assistance with navigation through the automated application as well as
    provide programmatic assistance with respect to questions of eligibility. The help desk
    can be contacted at 1-866-274-0960 or via email at firegrants@dhs.gov. The help desk
    hours of operation during the application period are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday
    through Friday; and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Saturday. All times listed are eastern
    daylight times.
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