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    It was my grant specialist. I requested Structural PBI. The price on the gear is my problem. There is no way I can find to purchase one set for $600. I have the money if I can use my excess from the shores, there will be around $9000 there.

    I hesitate to buy anything until this is straighten out.

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    SCrescue,

    I went through this same issue last year. All of the SCBA, upgrades and cylinders came in under budget. The turnout gear came in over budget (thats a story for another day). As you did, I contacted our specialist in D.C. I posed the question can I use the savings to cover the cost over run with out violating the $5,000. Obviously, their answer was no. All excess funds fall under the $5,000 dollar rule.

    It wasn't until I filed an amendment that I recieved the same answer as Kurt & Brian are talking about. That's when I recieved a phone call explaining that you could use excess funds to cover cost over runs, then the remainder falls under the $5,000 rule.

    In your case you will have to take it up the chain to get the correct answer.

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    I'm wondering how in the world you got reduced to $600. The DHS limit on structural PBI (just coats and pants) is $1200, and you were below that to begin with. I'd ask the grant specialist how they came to the $600 price, because it sure isn't based in reality, that's for sure. I had one person reduced incorrectly, then fixed by their grant specialist. I'd ask them about that first when you call them back. Then if that doesn't work, I guess you're on the amendment trail like Bugle said.

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    I wondered that too. I ask via email for the cut to be reconsider but that award came out with the cut. I thought I had some good prices. I have no idea how to meet the intent of the grant for 100% gear at that price.

    I will call and then do the amendment if that does not work.

    Thanks for all of your help, I have learned a bunch here.
    Last edited by SCrescue; 11-04-2005 at 08:29 PM.

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    SC, send me an email offline, and I'll send you additional contacts located in our Region, that may can help you. (Sorry I have been out of town all weekend, down to MB for CMAS shopping.)

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    Thanks for the info. I will try that route. I'm good at leaving voice mail!!!

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    I just got off the phone with the Atlanta office. The answer was the same, I can use $5000 to extend the scope of the grant, but the limit is the limit. That is I can not use savings in one line item to cover overages in another - past that $5000 limit.

    I am going to order the other stuff and hold off on the Turnouts for a while to see if anyone hears anything different.

    Otherwise I will do an admentment to reduce the number of sets I purchase.

    Thanks again.

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