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    Those that are planning to attend the Nashville AFG Super Summit sign in here. Tell us if you attended either Reno '09, Tampa '10.


    I will be there:
    Brian Brooks
    Whitehall, NY
    Tampa '10

  • #2
    I'm coming straight from Mardi Gras this year (who planned this thing anyway?) and not sure if I'll get a chance to sober up.

    Reno in '09
    Tampa in '10
    Nashville...here we come.

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    • #3
      I'll be there it looks like.

      Reno '09

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      • #4
        I will be in attendance, first super summit for me.

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        • #5
          Nashville Super Summit

          I'll be there.

          Reno-->Tampa-->Nashville!

          -Rob

          Woodside Fire

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          • #6
            A reminder to all who anticipate attending. Get pre-registered now, we are only about 60 days out: http://firstrespondergrants.com/page..._view/class/24

            Looks like we will have a lot of 3-peats attending from the those received already. Going to be a good one, don't miss it.
            Kurt Bradley
            Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
            " Never Trade Skill for Luck"

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            • #7
              Hey Kurt,
              Will you take walk ups? Not going to need the room but still haggling over the cost with the higherups. It might be a last minute thing for me.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by WJVaughn View Post
                Hey Kurt,
                Will you take walk ups? Not going to need the room but still haggling over the cost with the higherups. It might be a last minute thing for me.
                I'll call you Warren should not be a problem
                Kurt Bradley
                Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
                " Never Trade Skill for Luck"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WJVaughn View Post
                  Hey Kurt,
                  Will you take walk ups? Not going to need the room but still haggling over the cost with the higherups. It might be a last minute thing for me.
                  I actually didn't have to fight too hard this year as opposed to Reno. Reno paid off with over $85K and this year another almost $70K. They figured it was worth the investment.

                  I'm sure the success rate of over 90% is a good way of reinforcing the investment.

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                  • #10
                    I know the word

                    Even with getting every imaginable expense covered for grant training, including the training and grant management expenses so my department is actually in the plus column. Yes, I arranged it so my department actually made money be sending me to grants training, that they are actually balking on sending me this year!

                    This is a department that was so desperate, that they were practically placing standing orders for any used equipment being given away or put up for auction. The new members were embarrased to train alongside departments with newer equipment. Now they're training in Globes and the only department with complete wildland PPE and equipment. Even GPS in the apparatus, new pagers, radios, etc.

                    It reminds me of those old political sayings where what you need is given to you instead of working for it. I forgot what the word was for not seeing the benefit of continuing with whats been successfully working for you in the past. Oh, I remember.... STUPID!
                    Last edited by jam24u; 01-04-2011, 07:35 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Jim, don't get discouraged. After bringing in over a million dollars in grants to my station, I've found that once they feel they have everything in need, you're no longer as valuable!

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                      • #12
                        I feel for both of you, been there done that, got the shirt also. I think a better choice of words is ...IGNORANT! Its amzing how quickly they forget what it was like to be destitute or that part of being a professional agency or a steward of tax payer money is also being fiscally repsonsible and financially prudent.

                        Paying 100%, for anything, when you can pay 20% or less is fiscally irresponsible ( my wife reminds me of that everyday when she goes to WalMart or cuts the food coupons out of the Sunday paper). I have marched before a public county commisssion meeting ( timing and choosing the battleground is important), as a private citizen, to protest tax hikes and publically asked them ,on the record, why they would allow any agency head to pay 100% of the cost vs 20%. A million dollar tax hike to fund new SCBAs that were available within the cost of their current budget at only $200K if they would get off their behinds and apply for the grants ( which they had not even done for over 5 years). The gavel had to bang 5 times to bring the room back to order from the joint concensus of the citizens in the audience wanting an answer to that question. You know what the number one reason for a public safety agency head being replaced is? Fiscal irresponsibility!
                        Kurt Bradley
                        Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
                        " Never Trade Skill for Luck"

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                        • #13
                          I will be attending and will be writing for a fitness program and aerial. Looking forward to working for and with the group this year

                          Bryan Tello Kansasville Fire and Rescue reno 09, tampa 10, and nash 11

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SLY4420 View Post
                            Jim, don't get discouraged. After bringing in over a million dollars in grants to my station, I've found that once they feel they have everything in need, you're no longer as valuable!
                            Feel your pain there. I haven't brought in a million yet but well on the way. I still trying to convience my board. Let's see they have spent about 3K on me so far and I've brought in over 500K in 4 years. Show me a bank with that kind of return. They think I'm using this as a vacation that their paying for. If it wouldn't be for the volunteers and the community I'd say the h*ll with it.

                            If all goes well I'll see you all there. Reno, Tampa and hopefully Tenn. Hey Mark are you going? Hope to see you there.

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                            • #15
                              Nashville 2011

                              I am planning to be there.... I attanded Reno but was unable to attend Tampa....

                              Marc

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