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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: Friday, August 26, 2005

    LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FROM DHS

    Shreveport, LA -The Caddo Fire District #6 has received a grant of $105,735 from the 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    With FY05 funds, $650 million representing approximately XXX awards will provide direct assistance to thousands of fire departments throughout the country. Caddo Fire District #6 will use funds for Personal Protective Breathing Apparatus.

    “We recognize the importance of the Fire Act Grants to our nation’s fire departments and we will continue to work closely with the fire service community to meet their needs,” said Matt A Mayer, Acting Executive Director of Office for Domestic Preparedness.

    The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program assists local fire departments to purchase firefighting equipment, fund firefighter health and safety programs, enhance emergency medical services programs, and conduct fire education and prevention programs throughout the United States.

    “The Assistance to Firefighters Grants ensures that the nation’s firefighters continue to have the basic capability they require to do their jobs, improve safety and save lives” said David Paulison Administrator of Department of Homeland Security’s United States Fire Administration.

    The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration.

    For more information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, please visit the Program Website at http://www.firegrantsupport.com/, or contact the Grants Program Office at 1-866-274-0960. For more information on USFA, please visit the Website at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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    We got ours as well- finally will be able to outfit *all* our crew with gear as well as have LDH that doesn't look like a shower when you charge it. Christmas is coming early as the PA grant is [finally] out too.

    A big thanks to Kurt for his personnal assistance as well as everyone else's insights here on the forum that kept my sanity somewhat in tact.

    For a complete list of all awards, go here:
    http://www.firegrantsupport.com/afg/awards/05/

    Yippee!!!!!!

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    It's official. Recieved the award this morning for a new brush truck.

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    we got our grant for a brush truck too...did yours get reduced? They reduced ours but who are we to argue over a reduction...we're lucky enough to get the grant at all!

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    No, they didn't reduce our award. Got the full amount requested, $135,000.

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    Smile $225k for a pumper-tanker

    Replacing a home built 1974 tanker

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    Mitch, almost identical to you, $225K for our 1974. Congrats!!
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    Question brush truck

    Was your 135,000 just a brush truck or a mini-pumper? we asked for 137,950 and it got reduced to an even 125,000.

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    The funding is for a brush truck.

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    Award reduction is done when there's nothing additional added to the truck that accounts for the money above what the stereotypical truck should cost ($225K for plain Class A pumper, etc, etc). CAFS, light tower, etc, all increase the price, so odds are there's something different in what was asked for in the applications y'all put in.

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    so basically the grant writer kinda screwed us when she said that she wanted the truck to sound as plain as possible to increase the odds of getting the grant at all. I guess that makes sense...Can we spend the full amount of the grant and add the options with our own funds or will that change the whole application?

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    Nope, you can overmatch and spend the extra $12K or so to get it as you spec'd.

    I wouldn't say she screwed you, you got the award so she must have done a lot of things right. But unfortunately, yes, plain does not increase your odds when you're asking for more than what the average bear would spend on a truck (or anything for that matter). Always remember that merit is the first consideration, then price within reason. So if you're in high running for a truck in the first place, if you're over the price class for no apparent reason, you'll get reduced. If you have a reason for needing to spend more money (4dr vs 2dr, etc) then you will need to clarify that or you won't get the extra funding. Everything must be justified in the narrative or you won't get what you ask for.

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    Was $225K a set price? Because I almost put $230K in, but then backed it down just to make it more "appealing"
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    More or less. If you review the awards over the history of the program, vehicles fall into patterns of prices. I wouldn't have worried about the extra $5K in asking for $230K, but once you start working up to $240K, $250, $260, etc, etc and you're not stating that you're adding CAFS or light tower, or large water tank, then you're asking for a plain Class A pumper, and they'll knock you down to that amount.

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