Thompson encourages local VFDs to apply for grants

From staff reports

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-15) recently announced FEMA’s Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program has begun accepting applications for this year’s round of funding.

The Fire Prevention and Safety Program will make $46 million directly available to fire departments and nonprofit organizations to strengthen community fire prevention programs. The application period runs until Feb. 18.

“The Fire Prevention and Safety Grant is an excellent resource for fire departments and nonprofits to improve fire safety education,” Thompson said in a news release announcing the grant opportunity. “As a volunteer firefighter, I know there is an overwhelming need for additional resources to help first responders better protect our communities.

“I stand ready to assist and provide support for any company in the congressional district looking to pursue these opportunities.”

The FY 2021 FP&S grant program is one of three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s focus on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and related hazards. Since FY 2002, the FP&S program has awarded approximately $770 million in grant funding to provide critically needed resources to strengthen community fire prevention programs and enable scientific research on innovations that improve firefighter safety, health, and wellbeing.

The FY 2021 FP&S Program will award another $46 million to an estimated 150 eligible fire departments, national, regional, state, local, tribal, and non-profit organizations such as academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions for fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development such as clinical studies that address behavioral, social science, and cultural research.