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firefighters Grant ProgramUse Federal Grant Money to Buy Your TACMET II Emergency Response Weather Station

November 20, 2006

Congress passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill in November 2006. Go to http://firechief.com/mag/firefighting_dhs_funding_billion/ for the complete article regarding the funding. This bill funds many important programs, including $539.5 million for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

The Application Kit and Guidance documents for the fiscal year 2007 grants are, or will be, available on line in the near future at the DHS web site http://www.firegrantsupport.com/. Free workshops sponsored by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are also being held around the country to explain the program for firefighting personnel who are interested in taking advantage of the AFGP.

If you are planning to apply for a grant in fiscal year 2007, it would probably be a good idea to download the Guidance Documents and Workshop Presentation from the DHS web site, in order to familiarize yourself with the current requirements for the grant application. The grant applications are available from the http://www.firegrantsupport.com/ and should you have any questions regarding the AFGP for which you cannot find answers to on either the SFA http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/grants/ or the http://www.grants.gov web sites, contact USFA directly at 1-866-274-0960 or e-mail firegrants@dhs.gov. The application period for FY 2006 closed in April 2006 and the next application period for FY 2007 will start in March 2007. Following are some of the program highlights:

• Who is eligible for the AFGP?
Local fire departments of a state, tribal community or territory, which are all-career, all-volunteer, or a combination thereof. Previous grant awardees, non-affiliated EMS organizations and regional project applicants, are all eligible.

• What is the Grant application process?
The application process is available online at http://www.firegrantsupport.com/ web site. Go to http://s115515424.onlinehome.us/grantHandbook.aspx for a free "Guidebook to Grants" featured by Homeland Defense Journal, and sponsored by Oracle. Paper applications will be accepted but are discouraged. Only one application can be submitted per program year in one the following program areas:

  • Fire Operations & Safety
  • Fire Vehicles
  • EMS Operations & Safety
  • EMS Vehicles

• Grant funds for an Emergency Response Weather Station would fall under area 1 above.
There are five different activities available for funding under program area 1. Of those five areas the following five activities would all be applicable and include items for preparation to respond to WMD threats from Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) devices. You can use one or all of the following listed activities to justify your grant money for the purchase of your Emergency Response Weather Station:

  1. Training Activities
  2. Equipment Acquisition
  3. Personal Protective equipment
  4. Wellness & Fitness Activities
  5. Modifications to Stations & Facilities

• How are the Grant Fund requests prioritized in the selection process?
Grant requests for funds to provide basic firefighting equipment will receive the highest priority in the selection process. Equipment that has a direct effect on firefightersÕ health and safety will receive a high competitive rating as will equipment that promotes interoperability with neighboring jurisdictions. It is believed that the grant program will achieve the greatest benefits if funds are provided to fire departments purchasing basic firefighting, rescue, EMS, and CBRNE preparedness equipment that they have never owned prior to the grant or to replace used or obsolete firefighting equipment. Allowable equipment is listed on the 2005 Standard Equipment List (SEL), which is derived from the Authorized Equipment List (AEL) published by the Office of Domestic Preparedness (OPD). The equipment lists can be found at http://www.rkb.mipt.org/, which is the Responders Knowledgebase web site.

Climatronics' TACMET II Emergency Response Weather Station may not be the only portable
weather station designed specifically for First Responders but it is

When you respond to a HazMat emergency or a potential WMD threat you want nothing but the best tools available in the hands of your first responder personnel – The TACMET II Emergency Response Weather Station is one of those necessary tools.

Designed originally for the US military, who has several hundreds deployed in a number of different NBC detection programs, the TACMET II weather sensor is now available as a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) system, used to determine surface meteorological conditions for automatically updating CAMEO/ALOHA and any other real-time dispersion modeling programs.

Climatronics' versatile TACMET II weather sensor is the perfect choice for any application requiring a lightweight, low power, rapidly deployable weather station. Set up of the system is easily done in minutes and requires no tools or orientation of the sensor, as it contains a built-in fluxgate compass. The total sensor package is only 12 inches high and 4 inches in diameter and weighs a mere 2.5 pounds, which is less than a third of that of our competitors' systems.

The system does not require a car battery in order to operate for an extended period in a remote radio telemetry configuration, and the TACMET II radio antenna is a 3" self-contained whip or a small 12" Yagi antenna, rather than a 4-foot VHF array. When the TACMET II system is deployed, there are no propellers or other devices to install – just plug in the sensor and turn on the power and you are ready to go.

Ask yourself, why you should entrust the safety of your emergency response personal to a system that is using a 20-year-old system design, or one designed for the amateur home meteorologist, when they can have the best, state-of-the-art system with the TACMET II Emergency Response Weather Station?

Supplied in one of two rugged transit cases (depending on system version), this system is applicable to any emergency response application associated with homeland security, hazardous material spills, NBC threats, man-made or natural disasters, and other similar situations.

Climatronics is a leading manufacturer of weather sensors and systems specializing in turn-key system integration and custom application. We supply and service our equipment worldwide and maintain a complete factory calibration facility at our corporate headquarters on Long Island, NY.

For additional information contact David Gilmore at 631-567-7300 or E-mail Climatronics Corporation at sales@climatronics.com

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