With cuts affecting fire departments across the country, many first responders are facing the challenge of how to pay for necessary training and equipment with limited financial resources. Fortunately, cost doesn’t have to be a barrier to receiving NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training.
For a limited time, career, volunteer or combination fire departments, as well as nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) providers, can apply for a grant to receive funding for NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety training. This rare opportunity is being made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant Program (AFG) is only accepting applications through Friday, July 6 at 5 p.m. EST.
First responders can request funding to put towards NFPA’s online training course—which will soon be available for a low fee of $19.00 per participant—or to receive an instructor-led classroom training course. As more and more electric and hybrid vehicles make their way onto our nation’s highways, it becomes even more critical that first responders have the information they need to respond to emergencies involving these automobiles. That is why NFPA is encouraging fire departments everywhere to apply for FEMA’s AFG program.
For more information or to apply, visit www.fema.gov/firegrants. Should you have any questions about the application process, you can contact the AFG Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in finding out more about the availability and cost associated to have a classroom training brought to your department, contact Angela Burke at NFPA - email@example.com.
- ANGELA BURKE