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    I need some help. I have been looking for several months for some place that issues Grants for First Responder/Command Vehicles and I am running into one brick wall after another. Does anyone out there know of a place that has given out this type of Grant. I know that the FEMA Grant has in the past but that is such a long shot for this type of request. Any other ideas out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwchief262 View Post
    I need some help. I have been looking for several months for some place that issues Grants for First Responder/Command Vehicles and I am running into one brick wall after another. Does anyone out there know of a place that has given out this type of Grant. I know that the FEMA Grant has in the past but that is such a long shot for this type of request. Any other ideas out there?
    I don't think you will find one.

    There are departments that don't have SCBA, let alone a nice fire SUV.

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    These types of vehicles are usualy low priority when it comes time to give out grants for apparatus, no matter what kind of department you are.
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    Maybe Santa will bring you one, that is if youse guys have been nice!

    You may be better off asking the local car dealer for a "donation" on what you guys are looking for.
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    Your best bet would be a local foundation.

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    A dept near us had one donated from another fire company. Keep looking and don't give up, you may find one.

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    The FEMA grants are not for command vehicles, at least not SUV type vehicles. If you get anything for a command vehicle, it is usually for the large bus or RV type command vehicle. And even then, they are awarded only for mulit-jurisdiction type vehicles.

    Otherwise, the priority is for apparatus.
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    Some of the resources we have been in touch with in the past, this might give you an idea where to ask:

    State Forestry Department
    State Surplus Department
    Highway Patrol
    Sheriff Department
    Large City Police Departments
    (All these often have old/surplus SUV's they can donate/sell cheap)

    Large Oil Coorporation - they go through SUV's like candy, often donate old ones to local agencies. Pretty any large company that keeps a large motor pool might be worth getting in touch with.
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    Utility companies as well.

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    A neighboring dept. near mine just recently purchased or had one donated? an suv that the local police dept retired. After so many miles they retire the vehicles as cruisers. The fire dept came into ownership of the vehicle and loaded it down. Now it is the chiefs vehicle and has all of the command/accountability supplies that one could ever want or need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackman1801 View Post
    A neighboring dept. near mine just recently purchased or had one donated? an suv that the local police dept retired. After so many miles they retire the vehicles as cruisers. The fire dept came into ownership of the vehicle and loaded it down. Now it is the chiefs vehicle and has all of the command/accountability supplies that one could ever want or need.
    There are many ways you can get your hands on a used SUV. One of the benefits of getting one from PD or State Troopers is that they already come with the right equipment to handle the power draw from lights/siren. You don't have to worry about blowing the electric.

    More EMS agencies are using SUV's as well, so that might be another source you might consider.
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    You may want to check into Homeland Security (HS) funding. Even if HS funding is not available to purchase a SUV, it may be available to equip it. An example would be communication equipment (radio, etc).

    If this vehicle is designated the incident command vehicle for your FD, that designation could help justify recieving HS funding. If you have a high risk hazard (rail line, chemical plant, etc.) or homeland security "sensitive" area(s), like a military installation, airport, etc. that could possibly be used to justify HS funding.

    Your county or state emergency management coordinator can help provide info on current or upcoming funding.

    Good luck in your endeavors!

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