For Immediate Release
June 24, 2022
Topeka, Kan. – The application period for the FY2022 Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant (KFRSG) is now open until the grant deadline of Oct. 1, 2021. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) makes this grant possible through its budget passed by the State Legislature and signed by Governor Laura Kelly. After the grant was suspended last year due to funding, we have reinstated it with a new budget of $100,000.
“We are pleased that we were able to bring back this important grant funding through our budget this year,” Doug Jorgensen, State Fire Marshal, said. “While the total amount is lower, it will still make a significant difference for our smaller departments. In many rural areas of our state, the smaller departments are the sole providers of fire and rescue response. So, it is vital that they have the proper safety gear and recruitment tools to ensure their community’s safety.”
Grants issued through the KFRSG program will cover the costs of safety gear for volunteer and part-time firefighters. We know that volunteer and part-time fire departments face recruitment and retention challenges, because they do not have the funding to provide safety equipment. Without new equipment provided by the recruiting fire department, potential volunteers are faced with not only donating their time but also providing their own safety gear, sharing gear with others, or doing without.
Eligible 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). Departments must also participate in the Comprehensive Resource Management & Credentialing System (CRMCS).
Submission requirements and applications are now available at: KFRSG INFORMATION. The deadline for submission to receive funds through the KFRSG is Oct. 1, 2021.