2013 AFG for Structural Firefighting
I am working with a neighboring department on their AFG grant and I am looking for some opinions from the group.
This department currently has no structural firefighting capabilities (BLS EMS and Wildland only) and our intent is to write an AFG grant to fix this. They run less than 100 calls per year and cover about 200 square miles with a population of less than 1000. We run auto-aid with them for most calls and handle all of their structural firefighting. Our average response time to their calls is 25 minutes.
I know that it is best to apply for only one AFG project per year. This department would be starting their structural firefighting program from the ground up requiring a grant for a vehicle, equipment, PPE and FFI training. Will it hurt them to apply for all of these or would it be okay since it is one project?
They own a 70s (guessing on the age, it could be older) open cab engine that is not and has never been in service for them due to mechanical problems. I believe it was donated to them years ago. It currently is storred outside and would be cost prohibitive to repair and place in service. I'm not sure if the grant should be written like they are replacing this vehicle or like they have no structural firefighting assets since neither is 100% true.
Any thoughts on these questions or any tips you think might be helpful would be appreciated. I am also happy to answer any additional questions.