Did you know that the IAFF has assisted affiliates with grant applications totaling more than $500 million in awards? Over the last year alone, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $680 million in funding.

Later this month, FEMA is expected to open the Fiscal Year 2016 Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grant application period, so it’s an opportunity to ask if your department should consider applying for a grant.

Are your local’s members able to respond to fires and other emergencies safely, efficiently and effectively with current staffing, equipment and training?

Has your department previously applied for a FIRE Act grant? If the grant was denied, do you know why?

If your department has not previously applied for a FIRE Act grant, do you know why not?

If you answered no to any of the above questions, the IAFF is available to assist with your grant application. We have successfully assisted departments with hundreds of millions of dollars in grant awards to hire personnel, purchase equipment, provide training — including IAFF Fire Ground Survival and HazMat training — and implement health and wellness programs.

Many of these departments had no prior experience applying for grants. Burleson, TX Local 4025, for example, engaged its fire department administration in applying for grant funding and was awarded $175,000 for new equipment.

For more information or to request assistance, email to [email protected] or call Ron Benedict at (202) 824-1575. Local presidents must be copied on the email and provide approval before any assistance can be provided.