Contact Information

Kelly Ingold
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS  66612-1216

Phone: 785-291-3586
Fax: 785-296-0151
Email: kelly.ingold@ks.gov

Kansas Firefighter Recruitment & Safety Grant Program

Purpose

firefighters wearing bunker gearThe 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.

Eligibility

Applicants must be an established and recognized Kansas volunteer/part-time fire department in good standing with OSFM on NFIRS reporting or a volunteer firefighter in good standing with their local fire department.

Priorities for Funding

Funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis until the allotted funds are depleted. Additional requests will be considered in the next fiscal year, if funding is authorized by the Kansas Legislature.

Grant Schedule

October 1, 2018 
Applications are due in our office no later than 4 pm.

November 30, 2018           
Awards will be announced, by this date or sooner.

April 30, 2019                      
Requests for reimbursement due in our office no later than 4 pm.

Eligible Expenses

       Firefighter Safety Equipment Examples

  • firefighter in bunker gearBunker 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) National 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


Reimbursement Process

      Firefighter Safety Equipment

  • The department orders, pays for and receives the approved equipment
  • The department submits to OSFM no later than April 30, 2019:
    • W-9 (with first request only)
    • Itemized invoice(s) and packing slips
  • 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 April 30, 2019:
    • W-9
    • Itemized invoice(s)
    • Proof the their insurance did not cover the costs

Application

      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, 2018, 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 as OSFM has the contract with the vendor for purchasing and installing these machines.

Grant Applications