Firefighter's Grant Info

Grant Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  How can I get a WEATHERPAK® or C-5 SAM™ hazmat weather station through a grant?

Well, first of all it needs to be on the APPROVED EQUIPMENT LIST (AEL) for the grant. And YES… both of these products are under:
Section 04: Information Technology-Station, Portable Meteorological
SEL Reference Number: 04SN-01-PTMS
Secondly – you need to apply for the correct grant – this short paper will walk you through that.

2. So how do I apply for the grant? And which one? 

There are several, we list them at the end, but we recommend for hazmat equipment applying to:
Department of Homeland Security Grants: Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

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This grant is open for applications during the spring, usually around March each year, and is completed online. Along with the city, department, and statistical information, you will need to fill out a “Summary for Requested Equipment” section and a “Justification for Requested Equipment”. We can assist you with these sections in regards to the weather stations. Please contact us directly for assistance or see below for some examples to cut-and-paste into the online application.

3.  What kind of information will I need to know to fill out the application?

You will have to answer “general” questions  (name of dept., location, statistical data, etc.) and “activity-specific” questions as well as describing a “Justification”.  The activity-specific questions and justification (or as they call it…”narrative”) are very important and play a big part in the decision making process for your approval.  We explain the activity specific questions and the Justification for Equipment below.

4. What are the Activity Specific questions and how best do I answer them?

Activity-Specific questions are relative to the program you have selected and the activities and/or equipment for which you plan to apply. For example; your community might be planning to use grant money towards our equipment that can be used with CBRN equipment (interoperability is always a plus).  That type of example would be explained in this section. You will also need to supply a written narrative or justification describing your project or equipment needed. 

5. How do I summarize the need for the WEATHERPAK® in the “Summary” section?

We have examples you can use to summarize why you need grant money to purchase the WEATHERPAK® or C-5 SAM™ weather stations.

To view the examples, click here >>

6. What are they looking for in the “Narrative / Justification” section?

Simply – Why do you need this portable weather station? This is where you will need to show why you need the grant to purchase the equipment request in regards to the budget, benefits from the purchase, and how it will affect the daily operations of protecting lives and property in your community. You need to include the benefits your community will gain from this, how it will enhance your department’s ability to protect your critical infrastructure, enhance the department operations and the ability to protect life and property. That is just a few points to mention in the narrative.  We have written a couple helpful examples that you can “cut-and-paste” into the narrative block within the application online. They are intended to help and assist you with your explanation and justification for the equipment. Space for the narrative on the application is limited and cannot exceed five pages. 

Please remember… to include any description of hazardous sites, critical infrastructure, or other potential emergency situations that are located within your jurisdiction or county that pose a threat to people’s health, safety, and environment. 

The evaluation process looks for this in the justification sections. Critical infrastructure includes any system or asset that, if attacked or impacted by a hazardous event, would result in catastrophic loss of life or economic life. Critical infrastructure includes: nuclear power plants, chemical facilities, petroleum and natural gas transmission pipelines or storage facilities, water and wastewater facilities, major rail and highway bridges, power systems, facilities that support large public gatherings (like sporting events), etc. Mentioning these will help to show the hazards that face your community and to determine the benefits that will come to your community with the addition of the WEATHERPAK®s. See below for some examples of what to say in your Justification sections. You do need to add community specific information and statistics that can help support the need.  Remember….you need to “paint the picture” to the panel of why you need equipment.

For more information about what to write, click here >>

Here are some other DHS Grants that you can apply for if you would like to purchase the WEATHERPAK® and C-5 SAM™ stations. The portable meteorological station is on the authorized equipment list (AEL) for each of them:

For More Information About These Grants Visit the Responder Knowledge Base.

FY07 Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP)

The FY 2007 BZPP provides funds to build capabilities at the state and local levels to prevent and protect against terrorist incidents primarily done through planning and equipment acquisition.

FY07 Infrastructure Protection Program: Port Security

This competitive grant program is designed to address physical security enhancements for critical national seaports.

FY07 Infrastructure Protection Program: Transit Security (TSGP)

TSGP assists the nation’s transit systems in obtaining the resources required to support the goal and the associated national priorities.

FY07 Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP)

Through the DHS Preparedness Directorate’s Office of Grants and Training (G&T), state and local organizations will receive grant funding to build capabilities that enhance homeland security.

FY07 Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS)

MMRS funds support MMRS jurisdictions to further enhance and sustain an integrated, systematic mass casualty incident preparedness program that enables an effective response during the first crucial hours of an incident.

FY07 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)

Through the DHS Preparedness Directorate’s Office of Grants and Training (G&T), state and local organizations will receive grant funding to build capabilities that enhance homeland security.

FY07 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) program

FY07 UASI program provides financial assistance towards multidiscipline planning, operations, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas.

For More Information About These Grants Visit the Responder Knowledge Base.