2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application Deadline Approaches

The U.S. Fire Administration is reminding the public that time is running out to submit an application for the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 20, 2009.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 AFG remains largely unchanged from previous years and is once again based upon input from members of America's fire services and other stakeholders. However, in FY 2009 the Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) will shift the focus on the level of response provided in emergency medical services (EMS) from basic life support (BLS) to advanced life support (ALS). FY 2009 also has "candidate physical agility assessments" added as a high priority under the Wellness and Fitness Activities.

"As in the past, with electronic online filing, and a help desk standing by to assist all fire departments with their applications, there should be no hindrance to any department seeking these valuable funds," said Acting Assistant Administrator Glenn A. Gaines. "Having been involved in the AFG Program since the U.S. Congress created this funding opportunity, I know first hand the complications which might arise when departments wait until the last moment to file their applications. The AFG has provided a significant enhancement to fire and EMS service delivery since 2001. Every fire department in this nation should consider competing for these funds."

The AFG office staffs a help desk throughout the FY 2009 AFG application period. For more information, go to www.firegrantsupport.com.

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