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Application period now open for 2009 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

The application period for the 2009 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants, awarded in support of programs strengthening public and firefighter safety, is now open
The application period for the FY 2009 FP&S grants is now open
FP&S grant application period deadline is October 23, 2009

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) FY 2009 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant application period is now open. Help your department apply for funds to support important programs including Fire Corps activities. The application deadline is October 23.

FP&S grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and fire-related hazards. Grants can be used for activities commonly performed by Fire Corps teams, including smoke alarm installation, fire prevention and public safety education campaigns, juvenile fire setter interventions, media campaigns, arson prevention and awareness programs, and department health and safety initiatives.

Dayna Hilton, Public Fire and Life Safety Educator for Johnson County Rural Fire District (RFD) #1 in Clarksville, AR, has successfully written grant applications to help her department secure funding through several grant and award opportunities, including an FP&S grant. Funding received through the FP&S grant has helped the Johnson County RFD #1 Fire Corps improve their program.

For example, the program was able to purchase uniform shirts so members are more visible at events, buy supplies and food for members during events and training days, and create/purchase displays and flyers to advertise the Fire Corps program on the local college campus.

According to Hilton, the FP&S grant has been a great resource to the Johnson County program. "The grant funds have helped us grow and cultivate our Fire Corps program and have given us the flexibility to participate in a variety of events so we can enhance and spread the message of fire safety," she said.

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