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    I am looking for information on grants or funding options for updating our AV equipment for in-house training. We are a small rural Fire/EMS service with one classroom and are looking to update to computer assisted training. Thank you.
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    I too am looking for ideas for a laptop, multimedia projector, screen and maybe some training packages (DVD's) Ideas / thoughts welcome...

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    Most departments around here have asked for it with their equipment grant. AFG wants your guys to have FF I training, so there's an opportunity to get it with that (books, computer, projector, etc to do it in-house). Even if you don't have the ability to teach FF I in-house, you have to have the means to maintain that level of competency, which means training.

    One department nearby put in for a laptop and projector as part of their training on both the equipment and apparatus grant. They were awarded both, with the training equipment being cut from one due to the redundancy. The equipment grant also covered costs to get an instructor in to teach an in-house FF I and II, along with the manuals. They paid it forward by allowing other departments to send a couple of guys each if they supplied the books. The apparatus grant is covering the cones and manuals needed for the driver training.

    They ended up spending excess funds on an interactive whiteboard to go with the other stuff. I'm honestly jealous of their training room now, but looking forward to playing with the whiteboard when we do their driver/operator course.

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    Look into FM Global fire prevention grants. Gotten 2 departments laptops and projectors thru them.

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    I'm told local Walmarts are very good about passing demonstrator TVs etc along to local FD when models change.

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    Thanks for all of the advice. Keep it coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FFEMT2159 View Post
    Thanks for all of the advice. Keep it coming.
    Another option for those of you who have been awarded grant, and have excess funding can put in for this equipment for fire prevention and safety to use in the schools and such.

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    Someone posted this a few months back about free computers.Walmart should be able to help along with a TV

    http://www.pipelineawareness.org/mem...ops-volunteers

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtndew21 View Post
    Someone posted this a few months back about free computers.Walmart should be able to help along with a TV

    http://www.pipelineawareness.org/mem...ops-volunteers
    If you have a corporation nearby that changes out computers frequently, they will often donate them (minus OS and sometimes HD). We have a banking software company that is very gracious about donating laptop and desktop computers. Some departments have even been able to latch onto replaced projectors.

    Along with the grants and excess funds, there's a lot of resources out there if you do some looking.

    mtndew- Do you remember which thread that was in? It seems like someone posted a website where you can get free software (Windows included) in that thread. Not that I mind searching, just thought if you knew the title or something it'd make it quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch22 View Post
    mtndew- Do you remember which thread that was in? It seems like someone posted a website where you can get free software (Windows included) in that thread. Not that I mind searching, just thought if you knew the title or something it'd make it quicker.
    No been looking for it.I happen to remember it reading this post.
    I just had the email that I sent to our EMA guy to send out to other dept's.
    It was dated 11/28/09

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtndew21 View Post
    Someone posted this a few months back about free computers.Walmart should be able to help along with a TV

    http://www.pipelineawareness.org/mem...ops-volunteers
    Just got some laptops from this group. Won't see them until I go in tomorrow but I understand they are fully functional units minus the OS. I will post about the condition tomorrow.

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    I sent them an e-mail but never heard anything back from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lump532 View Post
    Just got some laptops from this group. Won't see them until I go in tomorrow but I understand they are fully functional units minus the OS. I will post about the condition tomorrow.
    We also just had 2 laptops shipped from Colorado through the PAPA program. This is my first received grant, per say. Shipped thursday, so maybe on monday or tuesday....

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    We also received an email from them... two laptops on the way! THANK YOU, Pipeline Awareness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by utfd704 View Post
    I sent them an e-mail but never heard anything back from them.
    It takes a while sometimes - the people who are doing it are employees donating their time to make it happen.

    I have 15 enroute, along with a couple of routers, which will allow us to have a portable classroom.

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    Dang! Fifteen laptops. I did not know this program was volunteer run. I am just overjoyed at the thought of receiving this assistance. Who pays for the shipping? I want to be able to fully understand this program so that we can make one heck of a thank you letter. Thank you PAPA!!!!

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    Normally they pay shipping.

    I can't wait to see what these are, a portable training room in a box!

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    WOW!

    Compaq NC6220, 1.7 Gig processor, 40 gig HD, CD RW, DVD RW, wireless, port replicator, and working batteries!!!!

    THANK YOU PAPA!

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    Default Television??

    Under FF tranining in the 2009 AFG PG, "video-conferencing equipment" is ineligible activity. Does anyone know if this is referencing the multi-site stuff, or does it include laptops/projectors?? We can do the laptop/projector through an FPS amendment, but would prefer to do it on the excess funds side and save the FPS money for smoke/CO detectors and batteries.

    Also--with the price of big TV's getting down into the same range as projectors, would a flat screen be acceptable as an alternative to projector/screen?? Sure would be nice to be able to leave the lights on so we can take notes and make sure some of our FF's are not texting!!

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