Fire Station Grants

Most people wrongly assume that fire stations are run solely off property taxes and other local taxes and assessments. In reality, there are grants for new fire station construction and other types of grants that keep those mammoth trucks racing to fires and support firefighters.

  • Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) – Since 2001, AFG has assisted firefighters and other first responders to acquire equipment, protective devices, vehicles, training, and other resources. Each year they award around half a million dollars to between 5,000 and 6,000 different fire stations throughout the United States. A listing of all the awards given since 2001 can be found at http://www.firegrantsupport.com/content/html/afg/Awards09.aspx.

  • Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) – Provides assistance to fire stations in order to bring the training into the response and operational standards established by the NFPA and OSHA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720 and OSHA 1910.134). A listing of the awards given between 2005 and 2008 can be found at http://www.firegrantsupport.com/content/html/safer/Awards08.aspx.

The first three programs are run by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the fourth by The Department of Homeland Security. These programs are also available to Volunteer Fire Departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations.

The FEMA website www.firegrantsupport.com offers more than award information. It also includes:

Furthermore, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided FEMA with an additional $5110 million in grant funds, of which $210 million was dedicated to fire station construction.

Other fire station grants and assistance programs include:

  • The Rural Fire Assistance (RFA) Grant Program administered by the Department of the Interior

  • The Volunteer Fire Assistance Program (VFA), formerly known as the Rural Community Fire Protection (RCFP) Program

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (USFA)

  • Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP)- helps meet the equipment needs of smaller jurisdictions

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