We received the 1199 about 6 weeks ago and just received the 10 questions today.
How quickly do we need to get the 10 questions back to them?
Currently we do not have everything in place to do what we said we would in the grant.
Problem 1. We requested funds for a wellness program and said we would require participation. Our chief (city) does not want our uniform personnel that work the day shift to have on duty time to exercise. We said in the grant app that all uniform personnel would be required to participate and have 1 hour a day of on duty time.
Problem 2. Since we applied for the grant the courts here in WA ruled that our utility tax that provides some of our funding is illegal. So financially we have had a significant change (decrease in annual budget) and are working to address that.
Problem 3. We also requested funds for physicals for nearly everyone in the department. All of these individuals have consented verbally to a physical but as of yet we do not have a protocol that has been approved. We have said we will base the physcials on NFPA 1582 but we do not yet have it worked out how to deal with the situation where a FF goes for their physical and it comes back unfit for duty.
Obviously we have some hurdles to overcome and we are wondering if we need to have it all solved before we say yes to the 10 questions.
Is it appropriate to answer yes even though solutions are not yet in place? Can we ultimately refuse the grant if awarded if we find we are just not able to come to a workable solution?
Your input is appreciated, and thanks. We are close!