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  • Safer 2017

    The FY 2017 SAFER application period will open on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8 am ET
    and will close on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5 PM ET.
    If God be for us, who can be against us. Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the light.

  • #2
    Anyone have luck in getting SAFER money for station modifications or renovations? I see it's listed as a low priority, eligible cost, but before I even think about pursuing $$, I'd like to know that I have a chance. Thanks for your thoughts.

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    • #3
      What type of modifications are you proposing?

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      • #4
        Would like to convert a small section of our under-utilized station basement into a fitness room. We have the fitness equipment in the basement now, but there isn't much lighting and there's minimal electricity.

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        • #5
          That would be an AFG project -- apply for the four programs, your accompanying fitness equipment, and minor modifications to accommodate the equipment.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Skojo View Post
            Would like to convert a small section of our under-utilized station basement into a fitness room. We have the fitness equipment in the basement now, but there isn't much lighting and there's minimal electricity.
            Just get some buckets. As part of the physical conditioning they can carry buckets filled with electricity downstairs when they go to exercise.

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            • #7
              SAFER is for personnel only. As Sly stated AFG would cover fitness equipment and building mods.

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              • #8
                Not entirely true John, per 2017 SAFER NOFO:

                Station Modifications/Remodeling/Renovation of Existing Facilities.
                o Remodeling/renovations to an existing facility are allowable (e.g. converting space into bunkroom). The renovations must be minor interior alterations not to exceed $10,000 (total per grant award).

                I have actually used this for this very reason successfully. Now for the purpose that Skojo mentioned, maybe not so true and would be better as SLY suggested under AFG in Fitness & Wellness category.
                Last edited by ktb9780; 04-10-2018, 02:00 PM.
                Kurt Bradley
                Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
                " Never Trade Skill for Luck"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jhl81791123 View Post
                  SAFER is for personnel only. As Sly stated AFG would cover fitness equipment and building mods.
                  There is all sorts of equipment and "stuff" available through SAFER. The Recruiting and Retention for Volunteer Fire Departments is chock full of things you can get.

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                  • #10
                    For modifications to go under R&R it would have to be something that would affect R&R, exercise room would be a long shot. Eligible, but a long shot to explain how that's going to make for 24/7 staffing.

                    Day rooms, bunkrooms, bathroom mods, etc could all go under R&R but with $10k not much is getting done if you don't have the licensed stuff being donated like electrical and plumbing since some areas require permits and inspections for those. It's not like your own house where you can do what you want with whatever to keep costs down, bringing in the skilled trades adds up fast. Hence the reason it's better in AFG because health & wellness is a higher focus there.

                    Of course before the code people jump on it, there's that whole can it be regularly occupied being that it's a basement since the egress, sprinklers, and other issues all come into play in many areas.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Skojo View Post
                      Anyone have luck in getting SAFER money for station modifications or renovations? I see it's listed as a low priority, eligible cost, but before I even think about pursuing $$, I'd like to know that I have a chance. Thanks for your thoughts.
                      It depends. There is no computer to pass on SAFER, so the low priority items are basically up the peer review people to check for. Make a really good argument, or run the chance of getting 3 people to not catch the priority level. A REALLY good plan would be more likely to get scored high.

                      Don't forget you have to do an enviromental and historical review. Usually easy to do.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jhl81791123 View Post
                        SAFER is for personnel only. As Sly stated AFG would cover fitness equipment and building mods.
                        Read the NOFO. Pages 40 through about 48. Lists all sorts of stuff you can get with SAFER. It is NOT just hiring.

                         New Member Costs - Only one entry-level physical per new recruit. Physicals for existing members are not eligible. All grant-funded physicals (except those for explorers) must meet NFPA 1582 standards (Chapter 6, Medical Evaluations of Candidates 6.1 and Chapter 9, Essential Job Tasks ? Specific Evaluation of Medical Conditions in Members). The cost of physicals should be based on local physician or health center prices. Detailed information on implementing NFPA 1582 physicals can be found at https://www.fstaresearch.org/roadmap. o NOTE: Annual physicals are eligible if the applicant is also requesting grant funds for NFPA 1582 entry-level physicals for new recruits. Annual Physicals are only eligible for the same new recruits; physicals or annual exams for any other member are not eligible.

                         New recruit basic training that is not covered under a department?s normal operating budget and as required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to meet minimum firefighter certification (e.g. CPR, First Responder, EMT, Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2). o Reimbursement to members for lost wages, mileage/transportation, lodging, and/or per diem while attending required basic training are also eligible. Note that costs for mileage/transportation, lodging, and per diem must comply with the department?s written travel policies and procedures. If policies are not established, costs will only be reimbursed at the Federal Government rate.

                        Leadership/career development training when used as a retention incentive that is not covered under a department?s normal operating budget. o Reimbursement to members for lost wages, mileage/transportation, lodging, and/or per diem while attending leadership/career development training or conferences are also eligible. o NOTE: Costs for mileage/transportation, lodging, and per diem must comply with the department?s written travel policies and procedures. If policies are not established, costs will only be reimbursed at the Federal Government rate. o Courses must provide continuing education units (CEU?s) or certificates of completion to be eligible.

                         Instructor/train-the-trainer training that is not covered under a department?s normal operating budget. o Reimbursement to members for lost wages, mileage/transportation, lodging, and/or per diem while attending instructor/train-the-trainer training are also eligible. o NOTE: Costs for mileage/transportation, lodging, and per diem must comply with the department?s written travel policies and procedures. If policies are not established, costs will only be reimbursed at the Federal Government rate.

                         Tuition assistance for higher education (including books, lab fees, and student fees). o Coursework or certifications in this category should be more advanced than what departments typically fund for required minimum-staffing requirements. o Courses are not limited to firefighter training or education. o Computers for individual students are not eligible for funding. o Payments for student loans are not eligible for funding. o Only tuition payments for classes offered and taken during the period of performance are allowable.

                        ? Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/Turnout Gear. o PPE may only be funded for new firefighters that are recruited after the date of grant award, that successfully pass an NFPA 1582 compliant physical, and that are certified as ?fit for duty.? PPE purchased with SAFER grant funding must be utilized by adequately trained staff. o Funds are available to acquire OSHA-required and NFPA-compliant PPE for firefighting personnel. In addition, PPE must meet any national or state standards and increase firefighter safety. Failure to meet these requirements may result in ineligibility for PPE funding. Copies of NFPA standards may be reviewed at http://www.nfpa.org/. o Only actual costs for PPE are allowed and will be paid on a reimbursable basis. Allowable costs may be limited to reasonable amounts, as determined by FEMA. o In order to receive reimbursement, recipients will be required to provide the following documentation to support the purchase of PPE:

                         Invoices/proof of payment for PPE.

                         Proof that the firefighter(s) have passed an NFPA 1582 compliant physical and are certified as ?fit for duty.? o Eligible PPE Expenditures:

                         One set of PPE for structural or wildland firefighting per new recruit.

                         SAFER considers a complete set of structural PPE to be comprised of one SCBA mask/face piece, one pair of pants, one coat, one helmet, two hoods, one pair of boots, one pair of gloves, one pair of suspenders, and one pair goggles. In those jurisdictions where additional PPE, like Personal Safety/Rescue Bailout Systems are statutorily required, SAFER will consider all statutorily required items to be part of a complete PPE set.

                         SAFER considers a complete set of wildland PPE to be comprised of: one pair pants, one coat, one jumpsuit, one helmet, one pair boots, one pair gloves, one pair suspenders, one pair goggles, one fire shelter, web gear, backpack, and canteen/hydration system.

                         American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved retro-reflective highway apparel..

                        Are all HIGH priority items.

                        Medium priority include,

                        ? Nominal stipends for volunteer firefighters who are involved with, or trained in, the operations of firefighting and emergency response (e.g. Pay-per-Call, Points Based System, etc.). Stipends may only be provided for participation in operational (firefighting) activities, such as duty shifts, operational training, and/or responding to incidents.

                        ? Costs to support explorer, cadet, and mentoring programs, such as:

                        o One set of station duty uniforms (SAFER considers one set of station duty uniform as one pair of pants, one shirt, one hat, and one pair of boots).

                        o Training (Non-Immediate Danger to Life and Health or IDLH).

                        o One set of structural or wildland PPE as defined above, with the following two exceptions: 1) SCBA mask/face pieces are not eligible because PPE for explorers/cadets may not be used in an IDLH atmosphere, and 2) physicals for explorers/cadets are not required to meet NFPA 1582.

                        o One introductory physical exam per explorer/cadet.

                        ? New Length of Service Award Programs (LOSAP) or Retirement Program.

                        ? Insurance packages (e.g. Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), workers compensation, disability, health, dental, life).

                        ? Exercise equipment and gym memberships limited to no more than $10,000 (total per grant award


                        LOW PRIORITY


                        ? New Member Costs - One set of station duty uniforms for each new recruit only (SAFER considers one set of station duty uniform as one pair of pants, one shirt, one hat, and one pair of boots).

                        ? Costs for advanced training not currently covered under the department?s operating budget (e.g. extrication training, specialized equipment training, swift water rescue, etc.). Advanced training requests are only eligible for members who have already met the minimum firefighter certifications required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and must closely correlate to the applicant?s recruitment and/or retention goals. o Reimbursement to members for lost wages, mileage/transportation, lodging, and/or per diem while attending advanced training are also eligible. o NOTE: Costs for mileage/transportation, lodging, and per diem must comply with the department?s written travel policies and procedures. If policies are not established, costs will only be reimbursed at the Federal Government rate.

                        ? Individual desk computer or printer for Recruitment and/or Retention Coordinator, Program Manager, and/or Grant Administrator.

                        ? Awards/Incentive program for participation in operational (firefighting) activities, such as operational training and/or responding to incidents (e.g. length of service plaques, gift cards for top responders, non-uniform clothing). o Non-uniform clothing (limited to shirts, jackets, or pullovers) as part of an award program only.

                        ? LED/electronic sign when it is not included as part of a comprehensive marketing program.

                        ? Fire service association membership fees.

                        ? Projector and/or screen to support classroom training.

                        ? Payments for housing or rent for volunteers at or near the fire station.

                        ? Station Modifications/Remodeling/Renovation of Existing Facilities. o Remodeling/renovations to an existing facility are allowable (e.g. converting space into bunkroom). The renovations must be minor interior alterations not to exceed $10,000 (total per grant award).



                        There is more - available in the NOFO at https://www.fema.gov/media-library-d...RNOFOFINAL.pdf

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