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    We are in serious need of airpacks and we dont have the funds for it. I'm very new to the grant thing and just starting to get on the ladder in the fire department. Our bottles are so old the are basically demand only. A few of our guys went to a trainning school and they told them that they really arent even suppose to use them anymore. We applied for a grant for airpacks 2 years ago and we were turned down, but we did have a butt writing it. Can anyone help on maybe what should i write or anythign to help would be great.

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    There are a ton of resources in this forum. If you go back and start reading forum...oh say two years ago, and and look at all the threads in hear, that will be a good beginning. That's how many of us learned the things we know. Nearly everything you could possible need to know can be found here. Really, you have a good 12 months ahead of you, start reading here...doing searches and ask questions. That's about the best way I know to get started. There are several other websites, including femas that will also give you a ton of info, but the easiest is to start at the beginning by researching through this site and going from there.

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    Samples and information are everywhere, there's just a lot of digging involved. I've got well over 5000 hours of time invested in this program since 2001, over 4000 of that just research, the rest writing. Starting to work on the 2006 project is not a bad idea for anyone. Just like any other fire situation, Plans B & C should be developed long before the success of failure of Plan A. Life is all about options. These are some of the grant writer's sites, most with samples, tips, tricks, etc, etc.

    www.dragonflynet.com (Rodney Slaughter's site)

    www.firegraphics.org/grants.htm (mine)

    www.chiefgrant.com (Kurt Bradley)

    www.yourgrantwriter.com (Alana Denton)

    There are also articles all over, from USFA, FEMA, DHS, Firehouse Magazine, Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, Fire-Rescue, etc, etc, etc. And more coming soon, so keep your eyes open.

    Happy digging, and remember, sleep is over-rated.

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    O.K. - here goes. In the '02 Grant cycle we applied for & received funding for 12 complete packs, 12 spare bottles, masks for each pack to be kept on the truck, and a fit tested mask to issue to each interior FF to keep in their gear.
    We also applied for 2 TIC's but were only funded for one due to grant stipulations & the size of our Dept.

    We were fortunate enough to get help writing our grant from the grant write at the local private Methodist college. Below is our entire narrative statement from the '02 application.

    The project that you are requesting to be funded:

    The Ferrum (Virginia) Volunteer Fire Department respectfully submits this grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) “Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program” to request $86,900 for two projects; the purchase of two Thermal Imaging cameras, and the purchase of 12 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Packs with spare bottles.

    Benefits to the community and/or the department:

    The Ferrum (Virginia) Volunteer Fire Department comprises approximately 20 members who protect an area of 78 square miles containing 5,300 citizens. This area is primarily rural farm and mountain land with a few industries and one private college. Also included in this area are a major freight and shipping rail line and an underground gas transmission pipeline.

    It has been suggested that it takes a minimum of 19 firefighters to handle a fire in a single-family dwelling (“Too Few Firefighters”, Fire Rescue Magazine, November 2001). This is provided that all rescue, extinguishment, and overhaul can be accomplished during the first 30 minutes of the incident and that no relief personnel are needed. Of these initial 19 persons, at least 14 will be required to be in full PPE including SCBA.
    Ferrum VFD only has eight serviceable SCBA packs and no Thermal Imaging equipment.

    The eight existing packs are used for attack, ventilation, and search & rescue. There is no life-support equipment available for back-up teams, RIT members, or interior supervision. These roles are currently filled as mutual aid units begin to arrive on scene. But it is general consensus that the greatest danger to firefighters occurs early in the incident. In our rural setting, mutual aid takes at least 30 minutes to arrive on scene. Based on industry criteria, most fires should be out by then. The Thermal Imaging and SCBA equipment we are requesting will enable Ferrum VFD to fully protect our entire firefighting crew in the early minutes of the incident before mutual aid arrives. It will significantly improve the safety and response time of search and rescue, resulting in greater protection of crew and citizens.

    Why this project cannot be funded solely through local funding:

    Eighty percent ($20,000) of Ferrum VFD’s $25,000 annual operating budget is received from the County of Franklin, Virginia. The remainder of our budget comes from fundraisers or donations. To date, the greatest net amount from any single fundraiser was approximately $5,000 raised last year from a direct mail campaign. Current cash on hand as of February 26, 2002 was $50,839. During Spring 2002, we will use approximately $40,000 of our savings to repair the firehouse and repave our apron and parking lot, leaving total savings at just over $10,000. The guidelines for the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program require ten percent local cost sharing, which in our case will equal $8,690 of our savings. We won’t have much savings left after this summer, but we believe these upgrades to our facilities and equipment are important to the health and wellbeing of our personnel and operations.

    How you plan to use the grant funds for each major budget activity:

    Nothing is more important to firefighter safety than the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). These units protect firefighters from harmful elements during the course of their assigned activities. The requested amount of $51,000 for 12 SCBA’s will enable Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department to protect 100 percent of our crewmen 100 percent of the time by fully meeting current NFPA and OSHA standards.

    We will buy SCBA units made by MSA. This state-of-the-art equipment includes a number of important features and improvements over our older units. Improvements include:
    ? Integrated, Automatic Personal Alarm Safety System (PASS) which automatically sounds when a firefighter becomes unconscious on scene. The audible alarm allows others to find and rescue the downed firefighter. The fact that these are automatic helps to alleviate the problem of Firefighters forgetting to enable the add-on PASS devices in the heat of the moment.
    ? New Technology Carbon Fiber cylinders reduce overall pack weight, thus helping to increase firefighter mobility and decreasing fatigue.
    ? New Technology light weight harness and pack frame. This too will increase firefighter mobility and decrease fatigue.
    ? Addition of Nose Cups to help combat the problem of fogging face piece lens during periods of extreme humidity and temperature differential.

    Thermal Imaging
    The two Thermal Imaging (TI) cameras requested in this grant will cost $35,900. They will impact the ability of Ferrum VFD to safely respond to fires in the aged structures in our rural setting. They will also be invaluable in crises management at the busy railroad line and gas transmission line that dissect our area of responsibility.

    There are many important benefits of Thermal Imaging cameras. On the scene of a fire, it’s difficult or impossible to “see” hidden fire or gaseous vapors. A TI camera can detect temperature differences of as little as .05 degrees centigrade. Firefighters used to crawl through burning buildings, feeling around for unconscious victims. A TI enables the firefighter to quickly scan a room for the change in temperature caused by a body, and move on to the next room. They can also detect different temperatures in walls and ceilings, revealing hidden fire. This allows the incident commander to intelligently use resources and direct crewmembers away from structural dangers. After the fire is out, a TI can pinpoint hotspots that can re-ignite, improving overhaul safety and effectiveness. TI units are useful in situations involving hazardous materials by pinpointing the source of vapor and gas leaks, and revealing liquid levels in containers. TI’s are effectively used in fighting brush and forest fires, always important in our rural setting.

    In addition to fighting fire, TI’s have great use in other rescue applications as well. In the rural settings of the Ferrum area, a motor vehicle accident in which an occupant cannot be readily located may leave Fire & EMS crews searching tall grass and wooded areas for hours. A quick and simple scan of the surrounding area with a TI would easily locate a missing victim in a fraction of the time. This not only means faster care to an injured victim, but also removes our crews from potentially dangerous areas and frees them to respond to other calls. Finally, the videotape function of the TI camera is a valuable asset for future training in all of these situations.

    Additional relevant information:

    Currently, there is (to our knowledge) no thermal imaging equipment available in the entire County of Franklin (Population 47,286 per 2000 Census data). Should we receive funding for these 2 thermal imaging cameras, we would be more than willing to provide them to other departments in the county (via Automatic Mutual aid or special call) as well as to any of the various specialty teams (Haz-Mat, Confined Space, etc.) Also, we would be willing to provide our equipment and manpower for use in training other departments in the use / benefits of thermal imaging.

    The basic premise of a good grant narrative is:
    1)Answer all the questions / cover all the points you are required to.
    2) This your time to shine. Make sure you show a true need for the equipment you are requesting.
    3) Show financial need. Explain why you can't fund this yourself. Also explain where you plan to get your portion of the matching funding.

    Best of luck and feel free to send me a PM or e-mail if you have more questions.
    Take Care - Stay Safe - God Bless

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