GRANTS AWARDED

Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulation (BUSTR) Revolving Loan

The Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) is offering zero interest loans to any political subdivision, including Community Improvement Corporations, for the purpose of beginning, continuing, or completing the removal, assessment, or corrective action related to underground storage tanks located within that political subdivision’s geographic boundaries. The political subdivision awarded the loan will have to commit to spend an amount, from its own funds, equal to 5% of the loaned amount for any funded activities.

To apply for the grant, complete the application available on our website atwww.com.ohio.gov/fire/documents/fire_bustrrevolvingloan.pdf Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2014 and sent to Ohio Department of Commerce- Fiscal East, Attn: Kimberly Hodnett, P.O. Box 4009, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009.

For Fiscal Questions, Please Contact: Kimberly Hodnett at (614)-752-7122 or Kimberly.Hodnett@com.state.oh.us.

For UST or Environmental Questions, Please Contact: David Sauer, Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations at (614) 752-7096 or david.sauer@com.state.oh.us.

Fire Training

Fire Departments that provide primary fire protection to an area with a permanent population of 25,000 or less qualify for the grant. Reimbursement is available for specific fire training classes, including the cost of training manuals and student workbooks up to the maximum amount that is authorized. Only the following classes will be covered by the grant: Volunteer Firefighter, Firefighter I Transition, Firefighter I, Firefighter II Transition, Firefighter I & II (combined), Certified Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Officer I. The following Ohio Fire Academy Courses will be covered by the grant: Fire Officer 2, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Structural Fire Attack 101, Training In Acquired Structures, Understanding Fire Behavior (Mobile Fire Lab). Training grants awards are subject to availability of funds.

To apply for the grant, complete the application available on our web site at www.com.ohio.gov/fire/documents/fire_TrainingGrant.pdf. Please submit the application to the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Ohio Fire Academy, Attn: Gerald Robinson, 8895 E. Main St, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068, postmarked by January 31, 2014.

Contact: Kimberly Hodnett at 1-800-515-0023 or Kimberly.Hodnett@com.state.oh.us

Grants Awarded:Calendar Year 2013,Calendar Year 2012, Calendar Year 2011, Calendar Year 2010, Calendar Year 2009, Calendar Year 2008, Calendar Year 2007 (PDF)

MARCS Grant

The MARCS Grant is available to fire departments that serve 25,000 or less. The money can be used to purchase the systems, equipment, and/or services that are a part of, integrated into, or otherwise interoperable with the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) operated by the State of Ohio with respect to providing fire protection services. Up to $50,000 per department is available through this grant. Fire departments can apply for this grant as a single agency or as part of a county-wide or regional effort.

To apply for the grant, complete the application available on our website at www.com.ohio.gov/fire/documents/fire_MarcsGrant.pdf. Applications must be postmarked by August, 30, 2014 and sent to Ohio Department of Commerce- Fiscal East, Grants Administration, P.O. Box 4009, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009

Contact: Kimberly Hodnett at (800) 515-0023 or Kimberly.Hodnett@com.state.oh.us

National Fire Academy (NFA)

These funds are made available by the National Fire Academy and are administered by the Ohio Fire Academy to support training initiatives of NFA courses in four categories: Delivery of NFA hand-off courses in State and local areas; Delivery of selected NFA regional and direct delivery courses; Endorsement Program courses; and Chief Officer Training Curriculum.

The Ohio Fire Academy is responsible for applying for the grant from the National Fire Academy. The Ohio Fire Academy then provides lower cost or free education to Ohio firefighters.

Contact: Dana Smith at (888) 726-7731 or dana.smith@com.state.oh.us

Grants Awarded: 2009, 2008 (PDF)

National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)

In order to comply with the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) requirement, the Ohio Fire Incident Reporting (OFIRS) grant offered assistance to fire departments for purchasing software, computers, printers and other necessary equipment to comply with the national standard.

HB 119 provided grant money for the transition from 4.1 to the new NFIRS standard 5.0 to assist fire departments in converting their reporting systems to the new standard. Funding is no longer available for this grant.

Contact: Frank Conway at (888) 243-0305 or Frank.Conway@com.state.oh.us

Grants Awarded: 2009, 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Revolving Loan

The Small Government Fire Department Services Revolving Loan Program was created by the General Assembly to assist local governments in funding certain fire department major related expenses. A revolving loan can be used to expedite the purchase of major firefighting, rescue or EMS equipment. It can also be used for the construction or renovation of fire department buildings.

To apply for the loan, complete the application available on our web site at www.com.ohio.gov/fire/documents/fire_RevolvingLoan.pdf. Applications must be postmarked February 1, 2014 and sent to the Department of Commerce, Administration – Fiscal East, Attn: Kimberly Hodnett, P.O. Box 4009, 6606 Tussing Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009.

Contact: Kimberly Hodnett at (800) 515-0023 or kimberly.hodnett@com.state.oh.us

Grants Awarded: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Rural Community Financial Assistance (RCFA)

The RCFA is a matching program to cover the cost of tuition and lodging at the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Ohio Fire Academy. Recipients are responsible for travel, meals and other expenses. Only firefighters from communities serving a population of less than 10,000 qualify. However, for multi-community projects, the 10,000 may be exceeded, provided none of the communities in the project have more than 10,000 people. This fund will not cover cost incurred for state certification (Fire or EMS) training.

To apply for this grant, please visit the Department of Commerce’s Ohio Fire Academy web site at www.com.ohio.gov/documents/fire_RCFAregi.pdf.

These funds are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and then administered by the Ohio Fire Academy.

Contact: Dana Smith at (888) 726-7731 or dana.smith@com.state.oh.us

Grants Awarded: 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Volunteer Fire Department Equipment

The Division of State Fire Marshal makes the Volunteer Fire Department Equipment Grant available to qualifying fire departments. Allowable equipment within the grant includes protective clothing, SCBA, communications equipment and other miscellaneous equipment. Eligible fire departments must serve a population of 25,000 or less, be in compliance with the Volunteer Firefighter Dependents Fund outlined in Ohio Revised Code 146, and have submitted incident fire reports for the previous year. Grant award notifications up to $15,000 will be made in March.

House Bill 119 provides money for the ongoing grant.

To apply for the individual equipment grant, complete the application available on our website at www.com.ohio.gov/fire/documents/fire_EquipmentIndividualGrant.pdf. To apply for the joint equipment grant, complete the application available on our website at www.com.ohio.gov/fire/documents/fire_EquipmentJointGrant.pdf. Applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2014 and sent to the Department of Commerce, Administration – Fiscal East, P.O. Box 4009, 6606 Tussing Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009.

Contact: Kimberly Hodnett at (800) 515-0023 or kimberly.hodnett@com.state.oh.us

Grants Awarded: 2014,2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Grants Modification for Fiscal Year 2011