The importance of PPE replacement coupled with ample access to both standard turnout and alternative fire protective gear cannot be understated.
When you procure a wide variety of technologically advanced personal protective equipment for your firefighters—you protect the communities you serve and you save lives.
What if your funds are tight? If your current operating budget doesn’t support new or replacement PPE, you can look into financial options beyond your operating budget that can fund PPE replacement as well as new purchases of turnout gear, dual-certified, wildland gear and more.
A wide variety of grants are available from state governments, federal departments and the private sector that can help you pay for NFPA-compliant PPE. We’re listing the most important grants to help you start your search.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Grant
Application Dates: Quarterly
For firehouses within 60 miles of a Firehouse Subs location, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation offers quarterly grants under $50,000 (a guideline of $15,000-$20,000 is suggested) for PPE, prevention tools and other educational material. For a list of materials covered and not covered by the grant, visit Frequently Asked Questions and Tips.
The foundation offers a 100% digital application process for firefighters. Law enforcement, EMS, public safety organizations and schools also qualify for these grants. The company also will consider places that are located outside a 60-mile radius of a Firehouse Subs location, though they are not its primary target.
Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG)
Application Dates: Yearly
This grant program offers funding for firefighting programs to:
- Purchase vehicles.
- Fund training programs.
- Equip fire stations.
- Improve community resilience.
- Foster interoperability.
You can find application information on the FEMA website.
Gladys Brooks Foundation Grants
Application Dates: Yearly
New York philanthropist Gladys Brooks Thayer founded the Gladys Brooks Foundation after the unexpected death of her son. The foundation considers grant proposal letters that outline projects:
- That largely will be funded by the grant.
- That have been denied outside funding.
- That will use the funds for endowments, capital projects or capital equipment.
The foundation supports projects in the Midwest and the East Coast, including Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island (where Thayer spent most of her early life). You can request an application form here.
Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant
Application Dates: Vary by State
The volunteer fire assistance grant program offers funding for equipment, firefighter training, planning and preparedness activities for stations that respond to wildland fires where populations are under 10,000. All deadlines, requirements and funding amounts vary by state.
To find out how to apply, contact the Federal Excess Personal Property Program and Firefighter Property Program (FEPP/FPP) representative in your state.
Georgia-Pacific Firehouse Grant
Application Dates: Varies
Georgia-Pacific is one of the largest tissue, pulp and packaging organizations in the world. Since 2006, the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade has been offering grants to firehouses in over 30 states, specifically any location within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific facility. The program also provides educational materials and National Volunteer Fire Council memberships.
To apply, contact your nearest Georgia-Pacific location.
Learn More About Fire Protective Gear
Lakeland fire gear adheres to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and offers exceptional performance when it comes to maneuverability, comfort, and functionality.
Selecting the right protective fire gear for your application requires an understanding of what is available and how the gear is constructed.