Kansas Firefighter Recruitment & Safety Grant

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Purpose

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is providing no-match grants to volunteer/part-time fire departments across the state for personal protection equipment (PPE). This includes bunker or wildland gear (coat, pants, helmet, gloves, hood and boots) and new masks for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units for department members. Funding will be available for physicals not covered by the individual's insurance or reimbursed by their department, as well as for the purchase of strategically placed washer-extractor machines throughout the state.

Fire departments, especially small rural volunteer departments, are struggling with the recruitment and retention of firefighters because they don’t have funding to provide safety equipment. This leaves potential volunteers with not only donating their time but faced with providing their own safety gear or doing without.

There have been several line of duty deaths from heart attacks in Kansas before and after responses and during training. The OSFM would like to provide grants to local departments to assist in paying for physicals that could identify underlying issues so that they could be treated and, ideally, decrease the number of firefighter deaths.

  1. Kelly Ingold

    Public Education & Outreach
    Phone: 785-291-3586

Eligibility

Applicants must be an established and recognized Kansas volunteer/part-time fire department in good standing with OSFM on the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) or a volunteer firefighter in good standing with their local fire department. Departments must also participate in the Comprehensive Resource Management & Credentialing System (CRMCS).

Grant Schedule

October 1, 2019 
Applications are due in our office no later than 4 pm.

November 29, 2019            
Awards will be announced, by this date or sooner.

March 31, 2020                      
Requests for reimbursement due in our office no later than 4 pm.

Eligible Expenses

Firefighter Safety Equipment Examples

  • Bunker or Wildland Gear – including coat, pants, hood, boots, gloves, and helmet
  • SCBA Masks
  • Washing machine (extractor)
  • All gear/equipment must meet or exceed current NFPA standards.
  • All gear/equipment would become property of the requesting department and not of the individual for whom it was requested.

    Junior Firefighter Program

  • Explorer and National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), Junior Firefighter programs for initiation fees up to $500 and start-up fees of $100.
  • This program is available to ALL fire departments in the state.

    Physicals

  • Physical must be compliant with NFPA 1582 standards.
  • Physical costs not covered by insurance or reimbursed by their department.
  • This program is available to ALL fire departments in the state. 

Applications

Submission Instructions

  • A completed KFRSG application must be submitted prior to the deadline and contain all required information.
  • Submit by the deadline of October 1, 2019, applications are due in our office no later than 4 pm.
  • Neither purchases nor verbal/written contract obligation can be made prior to the date of the grant award.
  • The request must meet the stated guidelines of the grant.

    Submission Checklist

  • Complete entire KFRSG grant application and justification information, and submit – required.
  • Submit a minimum of 2 vendor quotes for all equipment items requested – required. The exception is for those submitting applications for an extractor machine, only, as OSFM has the contract with the vendor for purchasing and installing these machines.

Reimbursement Process

Firefighter Safety Equipment

  • The department orders, pays for and receives the approved equipment
  • The department submits to OSFM no later than March 31, 2020:
    • W-9
    • Itemized invoice(s) and packing slips
    • DA-130 Form
  • OSFM reimburses the department for costs up to the approved amount

Physicals

  • The firefighter receives and pays for their physical
  • The firefighter submits to OSFM no later than March 31, 2020:
    • W-9
    • Itemized invoice(s)
    • DA-130 Form
    • Proof their insurance did not cover the costs