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Posted: Sep 27, 2018

FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants Open Application Period Coming Soon

The FY 2018 AFG open application opportunity is right around the corner (September 24 tentative start date) Begin preparing for the FY 2018 open application period by reviewing the available application assistance tools below.

FY 2018 AFG Application Guidance Materials Available Now

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Posted: Aug 30, 2018

Senator Jon Tester Named CFSI’s 2018 Legislator of the Year

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) presented Senator Jon Tester (MT) the 2018 CFSI Legislator of the Year. A co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus since 2013, Senator Tester has been a tireless champion on Capitol Hill for the nation’s fire and emergency services.
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Posted: Jul 30, 2018

Death Notification: Gabe Greaves, Camano Island Fire

It is with a heavy heart that the Washington Fire Chiefs, WFC Fire Mechanics Section and Camano Island Fire and Rescue announce the passing of one of our beloved members, Gabe Greaves. On Friday afternoon, while off duty, and at Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, Gabe tragically fell. He was 40 years old, a respected EVT at the Camano Island Fire Shop for 10 years, and a volunteer firefighter. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and two children at this difficult time.

More information about service arrangements will be released as it becomes available.
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Posted: Jun 28, 2018

Clocks and Clouds

Perspective and what we focus on influences our outcomes.  As a technician, when a clock doesn’t work, we take it apart and look for that thing, the bad piece, the “bad apple” in the bunch.  We pride ourselves on quickly finding the problem and fixing the clock.  The greater picture, however, might be much more complex than is immediately apparent, much the way the formation of a cloud is many dynamic forces coming together, which ultimately create rain in the sky or a life-changing hurricane.  How we approach our work, looking for that one “bad apple” thing (clocks) or analyzing the big picture forces in a dynamic environment (clouds) will dictate our outcomes.     
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Posted: Jun 28, 2018

AFG Grant Update

New Grant Awards Coming Soon:  Latest word according to FEMA, is that grant awards will begin soon after the 4th of July.

Next Grant Deadline Fast Approaching:  According to the Help Desk, FEMA plans to accept another round of AFG grant applications beginning in August 2018.  Click here for a list of High Priority Funding Items,  If you need help preparing your next grant, get started early, because the schedules of qualified grant writers are filling up fast!

What to Do if You Received a Turn-Down Letter  Many departments received AFG turn-down letters this Spring.  Now is the time to revise those applications and get them ready to resubmit...

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