U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Assistance to Firefighters
The purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Program is to enhance, through direct financial assistance, the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel and to provide a continuum of support for emergency responders regarding fire, medical, and all-hazard events. Overview of Activities:
Operations and Safety Activities:
- Training: Requested activities should meet or exceed any national, state, and/or DHS-recognized consensus standards
- Equipment: Requested equipment should enhance the safety and/or effectiveness of firefighting, rescue, and/or the enhancement of emergency medical services provided by fire based EMS and/or nonaffiliated EMS organizations. Equipment requested shall meet or exceed any voluntary national, state, and/or DHS-recognized consensus standards.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): PPE is defined as those compliant items “worn” for protection by firefighter/nonaffiliated EMS personnel. Requested PPE shall meet or exceed any voluntary national, state, and/or DHS-recognized consensus standards.
- Wellness and Fitness: Requested activities should assist First Responders to ensure their mental, physical, and emotional capabilities are resilient enough to withstand the demands of emergency services response.
- Modifications to Facilities: Requested activities may only retrofit existing structures built prior to 01/01/2003 that do not already have those AFG eligible safety features (being requested) in place.
A Regional Application is an opportunity only for a fire department or a nonaffiliated EMS organization to act as a “host” applicant and apply for large-scale projects on behalf of itself and any number of other participating local AFG-eligible organizations. Eligible Regional program activities are Vehicle Acquisition and Operations and Safety (but only Training, Equipment, and PPE).
Fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) are eligible for all AFG Vehicle Acquisition activities. Only new custom, stock, or demonstration vehicles are eligible for reimbursement under the AFG Vehicle Acquisition program.
Amount: $304,503,764 is available for up to 2,700 grants.
Eligibility: 1) Fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or authorized tribal organization, or an Alaskan native village, Alaska Regional Native Corporation, or the Alaska Village Initiatives, and 2) Any SFTA operating in any of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations may apply for each, any, or all of the five Operations and Safety component activities (Training, Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Wellness and Fitness, and Modification to Facilities), and Vehicles, and to act as a Regional host.
Regional Applicants may only apply for Training, Equipment, PPE and Vehicles.
SFTA Applicants may only apply for Equipment, PPE , and Vehicles.
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