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Grants for Fire Departments

The Department of Fire Services manages four grant programs for local fire departments and fire districts: Firefighter Turnout Gear Grant, Fire Department Washer-Extractor Grant, Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Grant and the Senior SAFE Grant.

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2019 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant

The application period for the FFY2019 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) opens on February 3, 2020 and closes on March 13, 2020. The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and other guidance documents can be found here. Webinars on the application process for departments that are interested in applying have been scheduled by FEMA throughout the open application period. Click here for a full schedule of the webinars.

 

Firefighter Turnout Gear Grant Program

The goal of the Firefighter Turnout Gear Grant is to improve firefighter health and safety by preventing and reducing exposure to cancer causing chemicals. Funding may be used to purchase hoods, gloves, helmets, eye shields, gloves, bunker coats, bunker pants/suspenders, and boots. Hoods and gloves will be prioritized. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 4, 2019.

To see a list of all Turnout Gear grant awards for FY20, click here.

Fire Department Washer-Extractor Equipment Grant Program

The goal of the Fire Department Washer-Extractor Equipment Grant Program is to improve firefighter health and safety by preventing and reducing exposure to cancer causing chemicals. Funds can be used to purchase NFPA-compliant washer-extractors. Applications for Round 2 (FY2019) were due by 5 p.m. February 3, 2020 at the DFS Stow campus.

To see a list of all Washer-Extractor Equipment Grant awards for Round 1 (FY20), click here.

To see a list of all Washer-Extractor Equipment Grant awards for Round 2 (FY19), click here.

Student Awareness of Fire Education Grant Program

The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grant program provides resources for fire departments to teach fire safety education in schools.

The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program provides grants to local fire departments to teach fire and life safety to children in schools. The program teaches students to recognize the dangers of fire and the fire hazards of tobacco products through 23 key fire safety behaviors taught in developmentally appropriate ways. Fire and life safety is easy to combine with math, science, language arts and health or physical education lessons, making it easy to collaborate with school teachers. Since the S.A.F.E. program began in 1996, child fire deaths have dropped significantly in Massachusetts.

Applications were due September 27, 2019. 

List of the FY '20 Fire Education Grant Awards.

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Senior SAFE Grant Program

Senior SAFE is a grant program for fire departments to teach fire safety to seniors. Seniors have a high risk of dying in a fire. Fire and burns risks for seniors include: cooking, smoking, home oxygen use, and electrical and heating dangers.

Senior SAFE also aims to improve safety in senior housing. Programs include:

  • smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installation
  • testing and replacing batteries
  • installation of house numbers
  • heating limiting devices on stoves
  • in-hood stove fire extinguishers
  • nightlights

Education is key to improving the safety of seniors at home. Senior SAFE creates partnerships between agencies that serve seniors and fire departments. Together, these agencies collaborate on local fire and life safety education programs.

FY '20 applications were due September 27, 2019.

List of the FY '20 Fire Education Grant Awards.

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Stow, MA 01775
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