The Ocean City Fire Department was recently awarded a grant from the FEMA “Assistance to Firefighters Grant” (AFG) in the amount of $112,860.00 which totals $118,800.00 with a 5% local co-pay. The Department will use the funding over for the purchase of new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all OCFD Firefighters.
The grant monies will directly offset the two year capital project for the City’s Fire Department gear. This equipment represents nearly $2,000 per Firefighter. The Department would have been required to purchase the gear this year as mandated by National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standards and PEOSHA guidelines regarding a maximum ten year life for turnout gear. The Department’s last PPE acquisition was in 2002 that was also the result of a FEMA AFG award.
The Ocean City Fire Department was chosen through a nationwide competitive submission process that included over 19,000 applicants. Ocean City Fire Chief Joseph Foglio stated, “The grant application process has always been extremely competitive and has become even more so in this economy where a variety of municipal funding levels have dropped. I would also like to commend Fire Captain Bob Stanton for acquiring these grants. It is a tribute to his thorough research, writing abilities and understating of the scope of the grant that has made it attractive to the committee for consideration each year.”