Thread: Turnout Gear ??'s
11-06-2013, 05:59 AM #1
Turnout Gear ??'s
We were planning on applying for head to toe turnout gear this year however we were told by a grant writer our chances of getting it were slim because we are still newer than 2006 and even though the gear we currently have in service is literally falling apart and is almost unserviceable it wouldnt help and neither would the fact that we are operating on a gear budget of approx $2K per year...so my question to all of you is he correct or is he blowing smoke up my rear end? Like i said we have approx $2200 allocated for turnout gear this year and need to replace approx 8-10 sets of gear and all of our helmets being that they were manufactured in 1998 any and all help is greatly appreciated!!!!
11-06-2013, 11:21 AM #2
May depended on your call volume, but in general he is probably correct. PPE at less than 10 years of age will not score competitively when there are hundreds of others applying for gear of greater age.
Why is the current PPE in the condition it is? If you have a good selling point for the narrative, ok...but getting past the computer scoring may be difficult.
If that is your only need, then you have nothing to lose. If you have other items of priority, they may certainly score more favorably than the PPE.
11-06-2013, 10:33 PM #3
at 7 years old , you have less than 5% chance of getting by the computer scoring.
Many folks with 15 -20 yo gear can't get funded.
Why is the gear in such bad condition? Abuse? lack of proper cleaning & maintenance?
Or was it just really cheap gear when it was purchased?
11-07-2013, 12:20 AM #4
It was really cheap gear when we bought it and the outershell is the advance material and its not holding up as well as some others do..we average 95-110 calls per year wityh only about 20 of them being structure fires, most of our runs are mva's and afa's the velcro closure on the jackets and pants are unravelling and falling off and some of the jackets wont close other than the zipper its to the point where we cant even take training classes through our fire academy because our tog wont pass inspection. Maybe that would be a good selling point in the narrative lol
11-07-2013, 05:09 AM #5
Gotta agree here, you are in a Catch-22 area as far as the AFG goes. You will never get past computer to where a reviewer will even be able to read your grant. Best to seek another grant program for that.Kurt Bradley
Public Safety Grants Consultant
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