Chieftain Announces New Grant Writing and Grants Assistance Service

Chieftain Safety Manufacturing, a subsidiary of the Protective Group, Inc., recently announced the creation of a new Grant Writing and Grants Assistance Program. The purpose of the program is to assist qualified U.S. Fire Departments in obtaining federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security. The service is free of charge.

Since 9/11, federal monies have been allocated for fire departments through the Department of Homeland Security. It is expected that in the year 2005, more than $800 million dollars will be available to aid fire departments in purchasing much needed equipment. These funds, which are virtually guaranteed to fire departments, are currently underutilized due to a lack of knowledge and/or personnel.

In order to qualify for Chieftain's new service, a fire department must be located within the 50 United States; must be registered with the NFIS reporting system; must have a DUNS and Federal ID#; and must have an established bank account.

Once a department has identified the need for grant funding, they should contact the grant writing staff at Chieftain at 1-800-551-1800 extension 258, or email When grant-funding sources have been located, Chieftain will either write the grant for the department, or assist the department with the grant writing process. The entire service is free.

Charly Piken heads Chieftain's grant writing department. Ms. Piken has more than 10 years of experience writing grants at the local, state and federal levels.

Chieftain Safety Manufacturing has been manufacturing top-quality protective apparel for the firefighting industry since 1927. Chieftain's product line includes turnout gear, wildland protective apparel, EMS Outerwear and head protection.

For more information please contact Charly Piken at (800) 551-1800 ext. 258 or email