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  • Grant Amendment

    How long should one expect a grant amendment to take

    I know we are in the holiday season so it could take exceptionally long.

  • #2
    One in progress

    I applied for my 2nd extension on Thursday and I got a call on Friday from the regional office wanting to discuss why I was applying for a 2nd extension. She was forwarding it on with her approval, she thought I woud know something by the end of this week.

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    • #3
      The number of days for approval on a grant amendment will be determined on what the grant amendment is for and how many layers of approval it must go through.

      Probably the most extensive is the extension. Ours took 8 days to be approved. As mitchkrat pointed out, our FPS contacted us for an explanation, above what was sent. Once approved, it was sent up the chain for additional approvals.

      If you don't recieve an answer within 10-14 days, follow up with them.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the information folks, it's only been one week as of yet. Just getting a time frame from some that have applied for them. This amendment will probably have to go all the way to the top, just wish I would have requested some of the funds for equipment that had already been ordered.
        "You cannot submit a payment request while you have an amendment request in progress".

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mitchkrat
          I applied for my 2nd extension on Thursday and I got a call on Friday from the regional office wanting to discuss why I was applying for a 2nd extension. She was forwarding it on with her approval, she thought I woud know something by the end of this week.
          Did you tell her "because another guy I know did it when his truck from the same people was two-and-a-half months overdue."

          Hope you get that thing soon man, I know what a headache they can be.

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          • #6
            Help!!!!

            Since we were awarded our grant, our deputy chief has been trying to change something, anything, about it. He just can't let it go as is. I think he feels the need to leave his mark on it.

            Anyways, we were awarded SCBA. The proposal includes the buddy breathing system on the packs. Is the buddy breathing system required for standard? Can we take this part off of the packs? How do we go about it?

            Thanks for any input .

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            • #7
              The buddy breathing system is not required under NFPA 1981. Actually, there is an ROP where that question is posed. It states that a buddy breathing system will not recieve NIOSH approval. The SCBA must have NIOSH approval to be NFPA compliant. The document can be found at:

              NFPA 1981 — November 2001 ROP — Copyright 2001, NFPA
              http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF...-F2001-rop.pdf

              look at 1981-3


              You need to talk to your FPS on this. Technically, you need to fulfill the scope of the project as written. In this case you would not be NFPA compliant.
              Last edited by onebugle; 12-05-2006, 08:59 AM.

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              • #8
                I thought NFPA 1981-2002 required both RIT and buddy breathing connections? At least that's what the paperwork I have laying around said. The only highlighted changes for the 2007ed were the CBRN requirements.

                Either way, I doubt you'll find a pack without the buddy breathers on them. And if you extolled the virtues of the buddy breather in the narrative then they'll have to be there.
                Brian P. Vickers
                www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                Emergency Services Consulting
                Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                • #9
                  ???

                  Well, then ... where does this leave us? He is having a meeting tonight to discuss this with the officers and I want to be fully prepared when I speak up.

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                  • #10
                    Can't make the change if it's in the narrative for one. #2, can't make the change because that would make the SCBA non-NFPA compliant and PG won't allow that. Everything has to meet NFPA guidelines that were in place at the time of application.
                    Brian P. Vickers
                    www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                    Emergency Services Consulting
                    Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                    Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                    • #11
                      Thank you

                      ... thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! I'm am printing this out and making copies for everyone who will be in attendance at the meeting. They won't listen to me, but I'm sure they will listen to you.

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                      • #12
                        No problem. If all else fails, the Program Guidance rules all.

                        Shoot me an email if you run into any other roadblocks.
                        Brian P. Vickers
                        www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                        Emergency Services Consulting
                        Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                        Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                        • #13
                          Brian,

                          Correct me if I'm wrong. I've been through the standard whith no mention of a "buddy breathing system". What is required is the RIC/UAC. This allows the replenishment of breathing air to the SCBA air cylinder. This is not a buddy breathing system. This allows the RIC or RIT with a RIT pack to supply a downed firefighter with an air supply regardless of the manufacturer. Scott RIT pack can fill an MSA SCBA etc.

                          The buddy breathing system appears to be an option (not an NFPA requirement) with manufacturers. The key is that the SCBA is NFPA compliant with the buddy breathing system.

                          Irregardless they need to fulfill the scope of their grant as written.

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                          • #14
                            I haven't had a chance to go back and check it, but it was my understanding that oru Scotts have said connection that fulfills both purposes. We have the quick disconnects on both masks and SCBA so we can either connect into someone else's pack if one runs low, or hook into a pack for RIT purposes.

                            Maybe it is an option but my old department had those on our early 90s ISIs, and haven't seen too many without it here recently so I thought they were standard. Wouldn't be the first time I was off.

                            If they have the money for both, and it is an option no sense in not getting them. Especially since they can't use the money for anything else, it has to go to the SCBA. If it wasn't included in the price quote and they'd be out of pocket for it, can maybe see a financial argument against it. But tactically, give me the buddy breather JIC.
                            Brian P. Vickers
                            www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                            Emergency Services Consulting
                            Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                            Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                            • #15
                              The Scott quick disconnects are an option. This was brought to our attention after we recieved the grant to upgrade our Scotts to the current standard. Obviously we did not go with the option due to cost. The other selling point (more $$$ for them) was individual facepieces with individual regulators. Less expensive to clean them properly.

                              I agree with you on that they must spend the $$$$$$ on SCBA and for what they asked for. No getting around that.

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