Information Bulletin Number 0710125

Application Period Opens for Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

Washington – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today the opening of the application period for the 2007 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants Program.  Under the FY 2007, approximately $27 million will be available to fire departments and other eligible organizations to reduce losses from fire and fire-related hazards.

The application period for awards under the FP&S Grants Program opens today, October 22, 2007 and closes on November 30, 2007.  The application kit will be made available today at: www.firegrantsupport.com and at www.grants.gov.  Actual awards will be made at a later date.

FP&S projects focus on preventing fire-related injuries to children, seniors, firefighters, and other high-risk groups.  FP&S also supports innovative fire prevention solutions and research on improving firefighter health and safety.

FP&S awards support projects in two categories:

Fire Prevention and Safety, such as public education, arson prevention/awareness, code enforcement/awareness, wildfire prevention/education, juvenile fire setter intervention, burn prevention, media/PR campaigns, sprinkler awareness, or smoke alarm distribution.

Firefighter Safety Research and Development, such as data collection and analysis projects; sociological projects and problem-focused technology studies that address firefighter safety, wellness, fitness, or health.

FP&S is part of FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which is a key component in a comprehensive and coordinated effort to strengthen the Nation's overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards.  For additional information on the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) and Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) programs, see the Website at www.firegrantsupport.com.