Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now accepting applications for grants provided through the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Program.  The deadline for submitting applications is January 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. (EST).  

“Federal fire grants fill a critical need for resources to help keep our communities and the people who work to protect them equipped and safe,” said Higgins, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.  “I encourage local first responders and organizations to apply. “  
 
A get ready guide, video overview and answers to frequently asked questions providing information and detail outlining the process for preparation and submittal of competitive applications is available at www.fema.gov/firegrants. Applicants with questions regarding the grants can contact the help desk between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday at 1-866-274-0960 or [email protected]. All applications are submitted to DHS and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of service professionals.  
 
Fire Prevention and Safety grants are intended to help local departments and organizations address fire prevention and safety issues with the primary goal of reaching high-risk target groups including children, seniors and firefighters.