City Council Meeting - FINAL
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Jerry Bills, Deputy Fire Chief
Consideration and Approval of Grant Agreement:
Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for Regional Fire Officer Training
STAFF RECOMMENDED ACTION:
Approve the grant award with Assistance to Firefighters for grant funds in the amount of $438,136.27 with a city match of $43,813.63. The total is $481,949.90.
The Greater Flagstaff Regional Fire Departments had identified officer training as a need across all its members. A vendor was identified, and a cost was requested. A grant was applied for through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program on behalf of the Region with the City of Flagstaff being the lead applicant. We have received an award for the Regional training and we are requesting the Grant Agreement to be approved. The Training will advance all the regions fire officers to a Fire Officer 1 level and adds a higher level of safety and operational consistency across the region.
The grant calls for the training of 96 fire officers and pays the cost of Instructors, books, and backfill and overtime. The regional combined match of $43,813.63 and the total award is $481,949.90. This grant was not originally budgeted for; however, there is sufficient budget appropriation in General Fund, Fire Grant Section in account 001-03-052-6250-2-4401 to cover this grant.
No impacts on Policy.
Connection to PBB Key Community Priorities/Objectives & Regional Plan:
Provide public safety with the resources, staff, and training to respond to community needs
Enhance the organization's fiscal stability and increase efficiency and effectiveness
Enhance the community's workforce development programs and higher education opportunities
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
Options and Alternatives:
Approved the Grant
Decline the Grant
The Greater Flagstaff Regional training program began in 2014 with an IGA between the city and 4 fire districts to hire a Regional Training Coordinator. In 2015 we received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for Command and Control Training for all fire officers and acting officers that had great success. During the next few years we recognized the company officers from the different organizations all have different levels of training and competency that needed to be at a standard level in order for all the organizations to have confidence in the system. This was the driving force behind our grant request for funding we are asking the Council to approve. Once completed all fire officers will be trained to the same level and have a common training platform to enhance their decision making and increase the level of safety and professionalism.
Community Benefits and Considerations:
There results of this training will increase the safety and competence of the community's firefighters.
AFG Training Grant
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