FEMA recently announced $2.5 million in direct assistance grants to 84 volunteer and combination fire departments nationwide through the agency’s FY2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant COVID-19 Supplemental program. The announcement included a grant awarded to the North Haven Fire Department for $77,277.
A volunteer fire department means a fire department that has an all-volunteer force of firefighting personnel. A combination fire department means a fire department that has paid firefighting personnel and volunteer firefighting personnel. Fire departments which pay fees/stipends (paid on-call firefighters) are also considered under this category.
Authorized and funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the firefighters grant is a $100 million supplemental funding opportunity to support the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and related disinfectant supplies and equipment to help the fire services prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the recipient fire department. It is the recipient’s responsibility to manage their grant award within federal guidelines with technical assistance and monitoring provided by FEMA Fire Program Specialists.