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​​Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and is available annually for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services, and rescue squads.

2023-24 Grant Recipients

The 2023-24 list of grant recipients were announced on Feb. 2, 2024.

2023-24 Grant Awards (PDF)

Annual Application

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program makes an annual grant program available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads. The program provides grant eligibility information and makes an online grant application available for all eligible applicants.

Based on applicant and project criteria, staff reviews and approves or disapproves all applications, processes signed grant agreements, and authorizes dispersal of grant funds. Final grant reports are reviewed for compliance with project description and program guidelines.

You must create a user ID and password before you can access the grant application, even if you created one for a previous grant cycle. 

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Eligible Organizations

The following organizations can be considered eligible for grant funding:

  • All fire companies
  • Emergency medical services
  • Volunteer rescue squads

Eligible Projects

Eligible organizations may apply for grant funding for a combination of up to two projects in the following categories:

  • Facilities:  Construction and/or renovation of the fire company's or ambulance service’s facility and purchase or repair of fixtures and furnishings necessary to maintain or improve the capability of the company to provide fire, ambulance and rescue services.
  • Equipment:  Purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance, or rescue equipment. This includes the purchase of fuel for company vehicles.
  • Debt Reduction:  Debt reduction associated with the facility (1) or equipment (2) categories above.
  • Training:  Training and certification of members.
  • Training and Education:  Materials regarding fire prevention for the general public.
  • Career Departments Only:  Overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training.
  • Recruitment and Retention:  Including, but not limited to, volunteer firefighter length of service award programs and programs for minors.
  • Construction Savings Account – Fire Companies Only:  A fire company may apply for a grant for the purpose of constructing a new facility. The grant funds shall be deposited into a Construction Savings Account. The account will be administered by the Commissioner. A fire company may only apply for a grant for up to 5 years. This project cannot be amended.


To maintain current and future fiscal year eligibility, your organization must continue to report your incidents on a monthly basis.


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