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    I'm going to start this off by posting our narrative in the hope that others will follow my lead. All other things being equal, the narratives would be the deciding factor. At a local workshop, we were advised by our congressman to avoid the natural tendency to represent our fire department in the best possible light....that when asking for assistance, it's a better idea to detail the shortcomings that result in your need. Maybe by reading through a few successful narratives, others might get an idea about how to approach the grant application process next year.

    So, guys and gals, those of you who have been notified that you've been awarded a grant, please post your narratives, here.
    Asst. Chief Bill

    International Order of the Fraternal Brotherhood of the Club

    Somewhere in or near north central Creek County, Oklahoma

  • #2
    Silver City VFD, Oklahoma, $19,300


    This project would provide Silver City Volunteer Fire Department (SCVFD) with critically needed personal protective equipment for our fire fighters:

    1. NFPA compliant structural turnout gear (coats and pants) - Our current turnouts are “hand me down” gear that we received as donations from other fire departments, all of which is at least 10 years old and none of which is adequate to perform an interior attack.

    2. NFPA compliant structural helmets - Some of our fire fighters have purchased new helmets with personal funds, but the majority are using used helmets which were received as donations, or were purchased used. Most of these helmets are very old and distressed to varying degrees, and in fact were previously determined to be unsuitable and were replaced by other fire departments. We wish to provide new compliant helmets to those of our fire fighters who do not currently have them.


    These items would provide for greater safety of our fire fighters and allow us to provide more effective and efficient fire suppression services both for our district and adjacent districts. Unless and until we acquire adequate structural turnout gear, we are limited to performing less effective exterior attacks on structure fires until mutual aid arrives. New structural turnouts would also provide a higher degree of fire fighter protection for vehicle and hydrocarbon fires. We are in an oil producing area, and responded to three oil well site fires last year.


    SCVFD is a not-for-profit community service corporation. We are in a rural area and receive no direct tax funds from the state, county, or any municipality. As we are not tax supported, we must rely on subscriptions, fees to non-subscribers, fund raisers, donations, and grants in order to operate. As we have a low population density and most of our residents are of modest means, our fund raising potential is limited, and we believe that raising subscription dues beyond the current level of $48 per year would cause attrition resulting in lower overall income to the fire department.

    Our current income through voluntary subscriptions is $512 per month. This level of regular income is barely sufficient to meet our monthly expenses for utilities, insurance, maintenance, and fuel. Our fire fighters pay the monthly fees for our group pagers out of their own pockets. As grant awards and donations cannot be anticipated with certainty, we do not include them in our operating budget.


    The Silver City Fire District is a rural area 35 miles west of Tulsa, Oklahoma. We provide first response for a 26 square mile area with a population of approximately 1200. We provide secondary response through mutual aid agreements to seven adjacent fire districts of approximately 575 total square miles with an approximate population of 26,450. More than half of our call volume consists of providing mutual aid to this extended area.

    SCVFD has a roster of 20 highly motivated volunteers who freely donate their time and accept a degree of personal risk in order to protect lives and property. Our fire fighters have completed more than 2800 hours of state-recommended training.

    We have the personnel, the training, and the motivation. Our most significant obstacle is acquiring the funds necessary to purchase adequate equipment. We are hopeful that our request will be favorably considered.
    Asst. Chief Bill

    International Order of the Fraternal Brotherhood of the Club

    Somewhere in or near north central Creek County, Oklahoma


    • #3
      Our Narrative

      Here is a copy of our narrative. I hopes this helps other departments next year.

      Chief Ayer.


      1. The project we are requesting to be funded.
      The Nolanville Volunteer Fire Department is requesting funds to help fill an urgent need for personal protective equipment in order to greatly increase the safety margin in which our firefighters currently operate. The funds we seek will be for the purchase of 25 complete sets of structural firefighting gear to include:
      . Helmets
      . Hoods
      . Bunker coats and pants
      . Boots
      . Gloves
      In addition, we also are seeking funds for 25 sets of wildland gear, 4 SCBA with integrated pass devices, and spare bottles for each. This will provide us with gear that is NFPA compliant and most importantly safe.

      2. How we plan to use the grant funds for each major budget activity.
      The use of funds will be for the equipment only. No travel or training will require funding and no administrative costs will be incurred. The requested funds will be used for the purchase of desperately needed personal protective gear for our firefighters. This will include:
      . Structural fire fighting gear such as helmets, Nomex hoods, bunker coats, bunker pants, boots, and gloves.
      . Wildland fire gear will be purchased to include helmets, facemask, Nomex pants, and Nomex coats, boots, belts, canteens, and fire shelters.
      We will also be purchasing 4 SCBA with integrated P.A.S.S devices and 4 spare bottles. All purchased gear will be NFPA compliant to the most recent standard at the time of purchase.

      3. Why this program will be beneficial to our community and/or to our department.
      Approval of our project will greatly increase the margin of safety afforded to our firefighters. They will have bunker gear that they can count on to protect them from fire and it's related hazards as well as blood borne pathogens, and some chemical exposures. The department will have helmets with visors, boots with no holes, and bunker gear that fits each individual and is safe for the firefighter to perform his or her duty.
      For the first time, the department will have wildland gear. Imagine being able to go to a brush fire in 100-degree or more heat in something with lighter construction than bunker gear and is made for the task at hand. We will be able to attack a wildland fire with greater speed and efficiency and this will help us reduce the risk of heat stroke and other heat related injuries that can befall a firefighter.
      We will finally be able to have SCBA that works. Regardless of the maintenance, when a firefighter is younger then the SCBA he or she is using, he or she will have a higher rate of equipment failure In an IDLH atmosphere that can be deadly. Reliable breathing apparatuses are the key to safely conducting successful fire suppression and rescue.
      Our response times will be reduced if we get new gear because the firefighters won't lose precious time trying to piece together the right boots and bunker gear to fit the individual responding. Everyone will have his or her own gear to wear and not have to worry about sharing gear with another firefighter.
      To sum it all up, it comes down to one word: SAFETY. That is the benefit to our department. The benefit to our community is a more capable fire department with every member able to do his or her job equipped with the proper tools for the job.

      4. Why this project cannot be funded solely through local funding. .
      Nolanville is a small working class town of 2,500 people. Although it has grown by about 10% in population in the last 10 years, it has seen the erosion of its tax base due to the decrease in property values. There are very few businesses in the town so there is very little income in the form of tax revenue going towards the city.
      Two years ago the city purchased a new engine for the fire department. Between the $22,000.00 a year payment for that vehicle, which replaced a 22-year-old fire truck; and the small operational budget that we receive, the city is not able to fund another large project for the fire department in the near future. In recognition of our extreme need, the city has promised to match 10% of the money for this project.
      Although we hold fundraisers several times a year we only raise about $1500 a year through private means. Our firefighters receive five dollars per call, but they turn this back in to the Fire Department to pay for our extrication tools. Essentially, the firefighters are paying for these tools from their own pockets.
      Gone are the days when a few bake sales would help a fire department reach their financial goals. It has become increasingly difficult to find sources of revenue to fund a small town fire department in such a way as to meet the modern day threats and regulations that we face in addition to the regular operations.

      5. Additional relevant information to consider.
      As Chief, I realize that our department will not put out every fire in the nick of time and save the house, we won't always extricate that patient just in time so his or her life may be saved, and we can’t always get everyone out of a burning building in order to save his or her life. Most people we can save, but for some it will be too late even before we leave the station; I can live with that. I won't like it, but I accept it because I'm not "Superman" and neither are my firefighters.
      Firefighters can get burned, they can catch life threatening diseases, they can get cuts and bruises, suffer heat stroke in the hot Texas sun, and they can die while serving their community. I cannot live with that if it is due to substandard firefighting equipment. We desperately need help in securing safer gear for our department so we can continue to serve our community in an efficient and safe manner. Thank you for your consideration and time in this matter.


      • #4
        I'll post our narrative, as soon as I know it is successful!!!!!


        • #5
          flip the coin

          It may be just as helpful to see unsuccessful applications as well. Maybe it will help to clarify the process for those that didn't win. The comparasons may prove interesting.
          We've been doing so much for so long with so little. We can do almost anything with nothing.


          • #6
            Here is a loser...

            Hi, my name is Pete, and I'm a loser.
            Here is one that lost guys.
            Please remember, I did not have the chance to take the grant writing course that most did, so please, be gentle.

            Dear Sir or Madam:
            On behalf of the Orwin Fire Company, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to apply for grant funds to promote and enhance the safety of our firefighters and the general public. We appreciate the efforts of FEMA and the United States Federal Government in making these funds available.
            We respectfully submit our proposal for funding, which involves the purchase of a firefighting vehicle. We are requesting funding to purchase a “pumper/tanker”. We thoroughly believe that this project will make a significant impact on the lives of our firefighters and the communities we serve.
            The Orwin Fire Company is proud to say that we are the most community oriented fire company in our area. We firmly believe in supporting and encouraging our community to become an active part in the Emergency Services. We also feel we provide a positive image to our area youth through activities such as station tours, equipment demonstrations, and fire prevention lectures.
            As I know you are challenged for time, I have attempted to keep this narrative as brief and informative as possible. For the purpose of this document, the acronyms CAFS and LDH, will represent Compressed Air Foam System and Large Diameter Hose, respectfully. Should you find you have questions not covered in this narrative, please feel free to contact me directly.

            Project Description:
            Our project, made possible in part by this grant, is to replace our current 1988 Darley engine/pumper with a new pumper/tanker equipped with a Compressed Air Foam System and Large Diameter Hose discharge. This vehicle will have a 1500 GPM pump with a 1000 gallon water tank, 20 gallon foam tank, CAFS to all outlets, 5 inch discharge for LDH and full NFPA 1901 compliance. The apparatus will provide forward seating for a five-person firefighting crew in an enclosed cab environment with walk-away Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus mounts. The apparatus will also have a top mount pump panel. This top mount panel will greatly increase the efficiency of our pump operations, but more importantly, increase the safety of our firefighters by providing extended visual ability to the Engineer. This project will not only affect our community, but it will also positively impact our mutual aid communities as well. As the protection requirements of our community have changed (with the addition of mass fuel storage and dispensing, gas stations, industrial facilities, private airports and expanded farming operations, coupled with an already inadequate hydrant system) we feel it is necessary to take a pro-active stance in addressing these situations. Our current engine/pumper is not capable of effectively addressing these issues. We also feel that this apparatus will greatly improve the operations of our mutual aid companies on Interstate 81. The tanker and CAFS portions of this apparatus will provide most beneficial to Interstate calls.

            Detailed Usage Description:
            This apparatus will allow us to protect the health and safety of our firefighters and general public on a large-scale basis. This tanker/pumper will address and correct two of our firefighters biggest enemies, lack of water and firefighter fatigue. In brief, the 1000 gallon tanker portion of this apparatus will provide us with the initial extended water supply needed when fighting fires in areas where no water supply exists. In areas where ample water supplies exist, the LDH discharge will provide us with adequate water supply for large flow devices and general capacity flow rates. In every instance, the CAFS will help combat firefighter fatigue with lighter hose lines, less steam generation, reduced heat exposure from proximity to fire, etc.. More examples of how CAFS and LDH will enhance our safety and capabilities are provided in the Cost Benefit section of this document. While the list of advantages to CAFS is quite long, I have attempted to provide you with the details I feel are most significant. The advantages set forth by CAFS will also allow us to operate a stronger Rapid Intervention Team. Our current RIT is hampered by short manpower supply and the resultant fatigue that is associated with low manpower scenes. The CAFS will significantly reduce the physical stress and exhaustion our firefighters repeatedly face. This will allow us to shorten rest times and continually rotate our manpower through function, rest, RIT and so forth.

            Community Profile/Risk:
            Porter Township, in Schuylkill County Pennsylvania, is a rural community consisting of residential, commercial, industrial and airport dwellings with a total population of 2,032 citizens in approx. 18 sq. miles as reported in Census 2000. A ten-year period shows a decline in population by 20.6% or approx. 530 citizens. This reduction in population is, not only attributed to attrition, but also a decline in economic growth stemming from local industries relocating out of our area. In a three to five year outlook, an increase in population will be realized from the completion of a small residential development project. The completion of this residential development project is expected to add approx. 400 people to our township.
            The Orwin Fire Company is also responsible for supplying mutual aid to Rush Township, Dauphin County Pennsylvania. Rush Township does not have a fire company and therefore depends on fire protection from Porter Township. This area is of particular interest in that it contains an airport and no hydrant system. Census 2000 results for Rush Township reveal a population of 180 residents scattered about 24 square miles, with the majority of that land being natural forest. Housing in both Porter and Rush Townships consists of primarily old homes and row homes as well as the occasional apartment complex. Row homes, as we call them, are homes that are built within a few feet of their neighbor’s home, or homes that are completely connected sharing common walls, attics and basements.

            Risk Assessment for Porter and Rush Townships is as follows:
            Old homes/Row Homes
            Multi Tenant Apartment buildings
            Fuel storage in excess of 75,000 gallons (diesel
            fuel, home heating oil etc..)
            Gas Stations in dangerous proximity to industrial
            and residential dwellings
            Industrial facilities in proximity to residential
            Airport accidents and fires
            Increased farming activity and large farm chemical
            Limited to no water supply in most areas,
            inadequate hydrant system
            Wild-land and forest fires
            Churches in dangerous proximity to residential

            We also feel it is important to mention that Porter and Rush Townships are directly under the airplane and helicopter approach path for Fort Indiantown Gap Military Installation in Lebanon County Pennsylvania. Training exercises, helicopter and jet plane, are conducted directly over Porter and Rush Townships as well. Within the last two years, two military helicopters have been forced to land in Porter and Rush Township due to mechanical failure.

            Financial Needs Statement:
            The Orwin Fire Company is a 100% volunteer organization consisting of approx. 250 members. 7 of these 250 members are considered active firefighters. We currently have one 1988 Darely engine/pumper. Our budget is as follows:
            95% Fundraiser generated through, bake sales,
            carnivals, banquet facilities etc..
            5% Grants from local municipality. This grant
            amount is approx. $3000 annually and is for
            operational costs.

            92% directly applied to operational costs, heating,
            water, insurance etc…
            5% devoted for equipment purchases
            3% devoted for donations to other charitable funds
            in our community, Little League Baseball,
            Children’s Parties, Senior Citizens, etc…

            It is becoming extremely difficult to generate funds through fundraising in our area. With the local EMS, high school functions, and all other community organizations competeing for the same community funding, there simply is just not enough money to go around. As a note, it took our fire company approx. 40 years to build the funds necessary to purchase our current unit, and sadly, it has already become obsolete in terms of dealing with the new challenges in our Township.

            Cost/Benefits Analysis
            We are requesting a total amount of $289,000. All of the requested funding will go directly toward the apparatus purchase and we are requesting no money for administrative or indirect costs associated with this purchase.

            It is widely known in the firefighting community that having an ample supply of water is critical to firefighter safety and property protection. Firefighter and general public safety make this request for funding most justifiable. Water supply in our area is supplied via tanker shuttles from mutual aid companies. Delays of, typically, 35 minutes can be expected when tanker shuttles are needed. As a note, every structure fire or wild-land fire over the last 7 years required the use of tanker shuttles, even when hydrants were used.
            I would now like to present a list of how CAFS and LDH will benefit a population of over 7,000 people through more than 8 communities.

            Firefighter Safety:
            CAFS will keep firefighters further from the flames
            and heat due to excellent discharge distance
            CAFS will reduce hose line weight by 50%, less
            fatigue on manpower, enhancing RIT operations
            CAFS will create more maneuverable hose lines thus
            speeding rescue time
            CAFS produce less steam when applied to fire,
            providing excellent visibility for search and rescue
            CAFS will induce little weight to structures
            thereby reducing risk of structural collapse

            Reduced Property Damage and Public Safety:
            CAFS will put out fires faster, less water damage,
            and less smoke emissions
            CAFS will provide the means necessary to adequately
            protect adjacent structures by coating effect of
            CAFS will support little to no runoff carrying
            pollutants away from the scene
            CAFS uses 50%-75% less water to extinguish fires, a
            small water supply will last much longer
            Victims will be more likely to repair damages
            rather than permanently relocating

            LDH Discharge:
            In areas where an ample water supply exists, LDH will provide the water necessary to support all units on our typical scenes. LDH will not only enhance firefighter safety, but also reduce or eliminate the amount of progressive fire damage due to water starvation. No one in our immediate area, or mutual aid areas, has the true capability to flow LDH. All the current pumpers are forced to adapt to the LDH from 2.5-inch main lines, which can restrict flows up to 75%. Our requested apparatus would be equipped with a 5” discharge that will allow us to realize the full flow capabilities of LDH.

            Summary of Benefits:

            Safety of firefighters
            Safety of general public
            Ability to conquer the new challenges of firefighting in our area
            Excellent initial knockdown/search rescue success and life saving capabilities
            Impacting a large number of citizens in not only our community but many others as well

            Supporting Information:
            Facts and figures provided by the following:
            US Census Bureau
            W.S. Darely & Co.
            Compressed Air Foam Systems in limited staffing conditions-USFA, Robert G. Taylor
            The Snuffer Corporation
            Pierce Manufacturing

            There you have it guys. Also, bear in mind, that I was trying to justify two items here, the LDH discharge and the CAFS foam. Not an easy task by any means. I hope this helps someone out there, and please feel free to comment. Good only of course,

            Good luck and god bless ya'll.



            • #7
              "Dear John" type narrative

              Here's one that was turned down, however being turned down so early I don't think it was ever read by anyone on a review board. This is the dept. I volunteer with. My paid dept. got the "Dear John" this past week, I think all the departments in our county have been rejected this year.

              The Lemon Springs Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1981. We are currently using some SCBA's bought shortly thereafter.

              A few of the first airpacks purchased were used SCBA's from neighboring departments. We still use some of the original airpacks on the "second and third out" Engines. This grant proposal is for the purchase of 12 NFPA compliant airpacks (with integrated PASS devices) at a cost of $3,100 each. The grant if awarded would allow the department to have all SCBA's meet current NFPA standards. One third of our airpacks do not meet the NFPA standards for positive pressure breathing and another third of the packs have been modified to meet the standards applicable at the time of modification. We also currently utilize three different models of SCBA. The problem associated with different models is, though they are made by the same manufacturer, the masks are not interchangeable from one pack to the next. If a firefighter picks up the wrong mask when donning his SCBA time is lost correcting the mistake. In the future, after a total replacement of our SCBA's, we plan to purchase masks for individual firefighters. We can't provide individual masks now because of the compatability issue.

              Lemon Springs Fire Department is supported by our "fire district tax". Our district is composed mainly of farms and wooded areas with homesites and mobile homes. We have no industrial areas and do not have a very large tax base to draw from. Our county has experienced several large plant closings over the last two years requiring funding cuts for many county services including the school system. The closings have also caused unemployment for some of the people living in our district. We have tried to maintain our SCBA's without further raising the tax burden. Without some type of grant funding, it will be many years before our department can afford to update all of our airpacks to meet NFPA standards and achieve uniformity, which is of equal importance.

              As you can see by our request we are not asking for the most expensive packs available. We plan to trade in our old packs to offset the cost of purchasing SCBA's with amplified voice capability and integrated PASS devices. We feel this will improve communications between firefighters and, therefore, provide safer operations on the fireground. The integrated PASS devices provide safety for firefighters that now choose or neglect to turn on the PASS devices. We have PASS devices on our present SCBA and plan to use these for individual firefighters not wearing SCBA on the scene.

              We appreciate the opportunity to apply for this funding. These funds will improve safety for Lemon Springs Firefighters and, therefore, provide better fire protection for our community.
              Warning: Persons with Heart Conditions Should Not Board this Ride.


              • #8
                Grants from last year

                Here are some successful narratives from last year.

                Non Volunteering Volunteer (Retired)


                • #9
                  This Years Narrative

                  Attached is our narrative from this years application. It isn't fancy, but it was successful.
                  Good Luck to all!
                  Attached Files
                  "Just remember. No matter where you go. There you are!"


                  • #10

                    I am a line firefighter and not a grant writer. We were awarded in 2001 and 2002 and feel very fortunate. I used a very simple approach to writing the narrative. 1)Read the progam guidelines; 2)match the program priorities and DO NOT wander from them...NOT EVEN A LITTLE. Also, (very important) clearly define your responses to the question requested of the narrative. The information regarding the competitive ratings and how to receive the highest ranking is well written and easy to find in each category (located in the grant outline).

                    Our narrative 2002 follows, good luck to all!

                    Narrative Statement

                    1)What is the project that we are requesting to be funded?

                    The spec, bidding and purchase of one (1) new ICS Type III, Wildland Urban Interface fire engine. The purpose of this new piece of equipment is to increase both firefighter and community safety. This will be accomplished by providing a mobile (4X4), extremely maneuverable apparatus, designed to meet the needs of our steep, narrow roads, dense interface population and extreme wildland fuels problem.

                    2)How do we plan on using the grant funds requested on the budget form?

                    If awarded funds under “Firefighting Vehicles” we will be purchasing a new Wildland Urban Interface engine. This is an ICS Type III engine and will be the first of its kind to be owned or operated by Ashland Fire & Rescue. This engine will have the ability to operate with agility on the 30+% grades of our residential interface areas while still packing the fire-power needed to safely and quickly initial attack both wildland and structural fires. Also, this engine will be used for daily and seasonal automatic and mutual aid responses to county, state and federal agencies.

                    3)Why will this program be beneficial to our community and to our department?

                    After the devastating fire season of 2000, the President of the United States directed the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior, with input from state government, to develop a list of the urban wildland interface communities at highest risk of catastrophic wild fire. This list was based on three very specific criteria: Fire behavior potential, values at risk and infrastructure. As we have known for many years, Ashland Oregon was ranked at the top of the list.

                    The community of Ashland most closely represents a community in the classic urban interface setting. Our city contains a high density of homes, businesses, and other facilities that continue across the interface. There is a lack of defensible space from which firefighters can safely work to provide protection. Our community watershed for municipal water is at high risk of being burned compared to other watersheds within the geographic region. There is a high potential for economic loss to our community and potential for high loss of houses and businesses. There are also unique cultural, historical and natural heritage values at risk. As other major, wildland urban interface fires have all too frequently demonstrated the greatest loss potential for our community would be the death or injury of our firefighters and citizens.

                    This is where the proposed Type III engine will be at greatest benefit. The shorter wheel base, tighter turning radius and lighter weight of this Type III engine will give us the ability to negotiate the tight, twisting driveways, narrow bridges and endless miles of overgrown roadway in our interface. Firefighters will bring with them 500 gallons of water a 500 GPM pump and 30 gallons of class “A” foam along with the necessary personnel (2-in 2-out) and equipment to combat either wildland or structure fires. In the past we have looked to our small pick-up trucks with 30 GPM pumps to undertake this formidable task. These vehicles have been ineffective for some time. For the most part our large Type I engines lack the ability to maneuver in our interface and in many cases cannot get close enough to the residence to initiate protection measures or fire attack. The size of our Type I engines and the topography of our interface, make a timely and safe retreat during a wildfire incident all but impossible.

                    In the wildland urban interface we must maintain the ability to arrive safely with the appropriate equipment and resources, make a quick initial attack and when necessary expedite the safe withdrawal of our people. These three components can mean the difference between a successful response and the loss of life to both firefighters and civilians.

                    As demonstrated above, we believe the need is large and the benefits to the community and department are many. The first being increased firefighter safety while operating in the wildland urban interface. Second, the ability to provide quick initial attack (NFPA, Standard Time Temperature Curve) in hard to access areas prior to fires growing out of control will surely reduce the potential for untold human and economic loss to our community.

                    4)Why can’t this project be funded solely through local funding?

                    Our department’s budget is funded solely through the city of Ashland’s general fund. In recent years, the city has taken on a number of large projects, such as: Financial aid to homeowners who reside within the city’s vast wildland urban interface. This financial assistance is on going and provided for fuels reduction around the residences. Since 1996 the fire department has spent $30,000 per year in this important endeavor. We were recognized this month for leading our state in reducing the impact of a major fire in our wildland urban interface. For the first time in 2001 Ashland Fire & Rescue received monies to assist with this project through the National Fire Plan. Because of our standing as one of the nations highest risk communities we hope to receive additional aid in 2002. However, these funds can only be used for hazard reduction (fuels). Next, DEQ has required major changes ($28 million) to our city’s new, nearly completed wastewater treatment facility. These changes were unexpected and unfunded. Additionally, our department’s budget growth has been capped at 3% for a number of years due to local and state economic trends. Currently the citizens of Oregon have passed a tax limitation, which makes the establishment of new taxes virtually impossible. Finally, we have many high life safety protection issues outside the interface. A few of these are; multiple low/high rise buildings including hotels and college dormitories, four large nursing home facilities, dozens of motels, a 140 year old downtown commercial district, a hospital and airport. These occupancies forced the department to replace (2002) one of our (2) first out Type I engines, a 22-year old Seagrave pumper plagued by ongoing safety and mechanical problems. With the construction and occupancy types located within our protection area, the ability to move volumes of water with LDH and high capacity pumps is a necessity. The purchase of this replacement Type I pumper has made it impossible to consider the purchase of this much needed interface engine without assistance in the form of this grant.

                    5)We would like you to consider this additional information:

                    Ashland Fire & Rescue provides fire suppression and EMS services to the 21,000 citizens of the city of Ashland Oregon and fire based ALS transport and auto-aid fire response to 10,000 county residents in the surrounding area. We serve a largely rural area with the heart of the city considered suburban. The city abuts the wildland of the rugged Siskiyou and Cascade Mountains on three sides.

                    The growth of the past decade has led to a large number of people living within the Ashland wildland urban interface. Given the potentially explosive nature of fire in this area, a significant number of lives could be lost in a major wildfire event. This is a result of a combination of factors, including extreme fire hazard; extreme risk of ignition within an area of moderate to steep topography; limited and restricted access that hinders egress and rapid escape of our type I engines in a wildfire event; and the highly flammable nature of some of the homes that could ultimately contribute to wildfire behavior if allowed to become involved. Furthermore, the likelihood of at least partial (or worse) ineffectiveness of suppression efforts in a major wildfire event is to be expected based on our current equipment capabilities. These characteristics are similar to those in the Oakland Hills fire in 1991 when 25 lives were lost. The Ashland interface is dominated by a significant number of residences, structures, and other values-at-risk. Many of those values-at-risk would be lost in a significant wildfire event, at considerable loss to individuals and the community. In fact many homes have been constructed in areas that lie in the path of previous wildfire in the Ashland interface, such as the 750-acre Hillview fire and the 4000-acre 1959 wildfire in the north end of our wildland urban interface.

                    Two key factors will dictate the success of our fire department and community in our growing wildland urban interface:

                    1) The well planned, systematic reduction of wildland fuels in and adjacent to the interface.

                    Ashland Fire & Rescue has worked hard for many years to mitigate or at least reduce the scale and intensity of a wildfire event through our well-recognized fuels reduction program. We are currently working with state and federal agencies in an attempt to meet the new criteria set forth in Oregon Senate Bill 360-"Oregon Forest-Land Urban Interface Fire Protection Act".

                    2) The ability to provide safe and quick access to the fire with the appropriate equipment will allow for quick initial attack and ultimate containment before small fires explode into larger, catastrophic wildfire.

                    We possess the heart, knowledge and experience to undertake the greatest threat to life and property in the city of Ashland- a wildland urban interface fire. However, we still lack the appropriate tool to accomplish the task. We hope this year’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant will provide us the necessary resources to protect our firefighters and citizens.


                    • #11
                      Firehousebob has clearly summed up the wining formula for this grant writing process. I also am a firefighter/paramedic NOT a grant writer but I believe that sticking to this simple formula that has been so clearly articulated by firehousebob was probaly key in our success during this grant process. Certainly you have to meet some basic requirement such as financial need and such, but all things being equal Bob has clearly spelled out the best chance for success and this will probaly be a common denominator of most of the departments that recieve a grant this year.


                      • #12
                        Anyone have a radio grant narrative they can share? Successful or not!


                        • #13
                          Under budget, put down actual figures. Your budget. Not so much percentages, but what you spend on insurance, vehicle maintenance, loans, building maintenance, administrative, software subscriptions, etc. Tell us in FIGURES where that money comes from.

                          Beneficial? Break it down into numbers. X number of dollars, divided by population, divided by number of years lifespan equals a per capita cost per year.

                          And keep it SHORT. Peer reviewers are under pressure to do as many aps as they can, and then want to give everyone a fair chance - don't make their eyes glaze over with too much information that is not asked for.


                          • #14
                            Like LVFD301 said keep it short. You get 7 minutes in front of the reviewer on average. Review your narrative and then have someone else who is a moderate level reader do the same for time. Keep the language simple and avoid technical jargon and slang terms.

                            Also keep in mind that the application itself needs to be very detailed. If you can’t beat the computer your narrative never gets read, and your narrative might the best one ever written. Things like critical infrastructure, call volume, community served, and overall budget along with profit/loss are your big scoring areas. You should be spending no less than 2-3 hours on just the application alone.


                            • #15
                              Has anyone had their narratives (Vehicle Narrative, Cost Benefit, & Statement of Effect) in their 2019 FEMA.GO online application suddenly disappear ??????


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