USFA Releases Document on Funding Alternatives for EMS, Fire Departments

The document includes sources of federal funding as well as other new and innovative funding sources not discussed in previous editions.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), supported by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA), and in partnership with the International Fire Services Training Association (IFSTA), has released “Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services.” This latest edition provides the most up-to-date information regarding funding for local-level emergency medical services (EMS) and fire departments. The document includes sources of federal funding as well as other new and innovative funding sources not discussed in previous editions.

"Adequate funding is one of the most challenging issues facing EMS and fire departments today," said U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell. "This document provides valuable information for local-level departments facing financial challenges."

A key part of the project initiative was an enhanced study of critical funding issues for both fire and non-fire service-based EMS systems.

"OHA is pleased to provide guidance on this important topic," said Alexander G. Garza, DHS assistant secretary for OHA and chief medical officer. "Funding is critical for the successful operation of EMS response agencies—key to this nation's homeland security."

EMS and fire departments require funding for expenses such as equipment, training, and salaries in order to provide necessary protection to their respective communities. However, with tighter budgets, less government subsidies, and fewer donations, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for fire and emergency services departments to meet greater and more complex demands for its services.

For more information on EMS research initiatives, go to http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/research/ems/index.shtm.

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