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Grants to Oregon Fire Districts and Departments to Promote Workforce Development

2022 Oregon Fire Service Capacity Program (OFSCP)

Oregon State Police - Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #206028

Grant Description

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Grants to Oregon local fire districts and fire departments for workforce expansion efforts. Funding is intended to assist small- to medium-sized agencies in increasing the number of permanent firefighter positions and fire prevention staff. Local fire agencies may apply for funds to support up to two firefighters and two fire prevention personnel.

This funding will increase local on-duty capacity throughout the next three years; allow agencies to quickly mobilize to fires at the local, regional, and state (conflagration) levels; and better prepare communities to survive wildfires. More on-duty firefighters will help keep fires small before they can impact communities. Additional fire prevention staff will give fire agencies the expertise and knowledge to make their communities safer and reduce risk.

Allowable costs:

  • Two full-time permanent Firefighter (“FF”) positions National Fire Protection Association-(“NFPA”) FF1 plus Wildland Interface Firefighter (“FFT2”) for a maximum of 2 Full-Time Employees (“FTE”) for three years for fire suppression.
  • Permanent Fire Prevention Personnel (“FPP”), such as a fire marshal, fire inspector, or other fire prevention personnel for a maximum of two FTE for three years for fire prevention. 

For additional information about allowable costs, see: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Shared%20Documents/Oregon%20Fire%20Service%20Capacity%20Program%20Application%20Guide_FINAL.pdf#page=4

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local fire agencies must be an established fire district or fire department which has been assigned a Fire Department Identification Number (“FDID”). Priority will be given to fire agencies with an annual budget of $10,000,000 or less, including grants, donations, and all other sources. Local fire agencies above this budget threshold will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Unallowable Costs:
1. Temporary, volunteer, or limited-duration positions.
2. New part-time personnel.
3. Vehicles, heavy equipment, such as trucks, or their maintenance.
4. Fuel and other travel expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is November 30, 2022, by 5 pm.

Applications must include a Letter of Commitment by the corresponding Fire Chief, fire board, city council, city manager, governing body, or other fiduciary body responsible for the budget approval of the fire agency to match 10% of the first year’s salary, not including administrative costs, equipment, and training.

The same written agreement must also include a commitment by the second year for the fire agency to fund 25% of any new positions created of the second year’s salary, not including administrative costs, equipment, and training. The same agreement must also include a commitment for the fire agency by the third year to fund 50% of any new positions created of the third year’s salary, not including administrative costs, equipment, and training.

Application considerations will begin on December 1, 2022. Awards will be announced via press release on or before December 31, 2022. Local fire agencies will be notified via email about the status of their application after the selection process.

Oregon Fire Service Capacity Program Webinar: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://youtu.be/a2prck-h5L4&data=05%7c01%7cAlison.Green%40osp.oregon.gov%7ceaeb33d9f7f54c9dcdeb08dab2b8b85c%7c776738eb4f9b444fbc334dd4e8e1a9b5%7c0%7c0%7c638018803690445324%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c3000%7c%7c%7c&sdata=eCVUssDmKGCBAflV0SEDfq6mrrwis9UGxL0xYFPYN3Q%3D&reserved=0

Term of Contract:

Grant period: January 2023- December 2025

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/e52e52e563d3451296f49e0070e610e3

If you need to change your application, submit a request to withdraw to osfm.grants@osp.oregon.gov. You may then resubmit your application.

Oregon State Police
General Headquarters
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317

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