THIRTY THREE LONG ISLAND DEPARTMENTS RECEIVE FEMA GRANT AWARDS IN 2020 CYCLE
ENDING SEPTEMBER 2020
(Williston Park, NY.) Nassau County based Grant-Guys Inc. is proud to announce that THIRTY
THREE applicants have been awarded funds in the 2020 AFGP cycle ending on 9/1/2021. Total
Grant-Guys awards for the cycle equal $6.8 million for Nassau and Suffolk agencies.
The FLANDERS FD was awarded a diesel exhaust system in the amount of $50,000 for purchase
and installation of the equipment. This was the third attempt to fund these items by Flanders
The Orient FD was awarded funding in the amount of $68,000 for the purchase of a SCBA fill
system and four thermal imaging cameras. This is the second award in a row for the Orient FD
coming after a 2019 engine/tanker award in the amount of $560,000. OPFD applied for this
item in 2019 and was denied but resubmitted the application with edits the following cycle.
The FLORAL PARK CENTRE FC was awarded $91,000 for the installation of a sprinkler system for
headquarters. This is the third consecutive year of funding for the agency following a portable
radio award, engine award, and SCBA award. “Floral Park Ctr. is a consistent winner due to its
administrative organization and long-term strategic commitment to the AFGP program” said
Tom Devaney, the Director of Grant-Guys Inc. “The agency properly records alarms and has a
detailed documentation and procurement system which managing the awards proficient”.
This isn’t a race, it’s a competition among other worthy fire departments across the country”
said Tom Devaney.
ALBERTSON, DEER PARK, SOUTH HEMPSTEAD RECEIVE FEMA GRANTS AWARDS IN AFGP
The DEER PARK FD was awarded portable radios in the amount of $236,000 for purchase of the
equipment. This was the second attempt to fund these items by DPFD having been denied in
2019. This award was the second largest in NYS for this cycle. We are especially proud of this
award as DPFD came very close to award in the 2019 cycle—only to be eliminated as the
fundable range of awards was exhausted. “Loosing because the program is empty is always a
bitter pill to swallow. Fortunately, they were able to hold off on purchases until the new cycle
The ALBERTSON FC was awarded funding in the amount of $37,000 for the purchase of a PPE-
turn-out gear. This is the second award in a row for Albertson coming after a 2019 diesel
exhaust award. It is expected that 7 obsolete sets PPE will be removed from service and
replaced for structural firefighters. Albertson FC is a prior winner on a SAFER regional award,
AFG Driving Simulator Regional Award, and two NYS grants.
-SOUTH HEMPSTEAD FD was awarded $144,000 for the purchase of portable radios, a base
station, and mobile radios. We were very proud to welcome SHFD back into our fire grant
family after they took a break from application a few years ago. “South Hempstead was one of
our early clients who stopped applying. I’m overjoyed they got back in the grant game and it
resulted in an award—I couldn’t be happier for them”
“Organization, commitment and understanding the process together with good grant writer
cooperation will result in an award over-time.”
WADING RIVER FD, EAST MORICHES, SOUTH HEMPSTEAD, BALDWIN, AND FRANKLIN SQUARE
FD RECEIVE FEMA GRANTS AWARDS IN AFGP ROUND 5
-The WADING RIVER FD was awarded in the amount of $133,000 for purchase of a new BRUSH
TRUCK. This was the second attempt to fund the truck by the dept. having been denied in 2019.
This award was the second vehicle award for Long Island this cycle (see below). We are
especially proud of this award as WADING RIVER FD came very close to award in the 2019
cycle—only to be eliminated as the fundable range of awards was exhausted. The WRFD has a
unique wild-land firefighting situation, shared by some others in Suffolk County. Protecting the
vast Pine Barrens requires specialized equipment and skill in fighting fires and protecting the
environment. This is their second AFGP award through Grant-Guys Inc. in as many years having
won radios in 2019.
-The EAST MORICHES FD was awarded funding in the amount of $214,000 for the purchase of a
PPE/SCBA. It is expected that obsolete units will be removed from service and replaced with the
latest NFPA standard equipment. The award covers the unit, face-pieces, and two cylinders. The
department also requested new face-pieces for the remaining members. This is their second
AFGP award through Grant-Guys Inc. as former regional winners.
-The BALDWIN FD was awarded $178,000 for the purchase of portable radios. This Baldwin’s
second AFGP award through Grant-Guys Inc. having won PPE previously.
-The FRANKLIN SQUARE AND MUNSON FD was awarded $224,000 for the purchase of portable
radios, pagers, mobile radios, and a base station console. FS&M applied in 2019 and was denied
and returned swinging in 2020 for the win.
-The SOUTH HEMPSTEAD FD received funding for a new ambulance —-their second AFGP IN
THE SAME CYCLE. SHFD won portable radios in the amount of $144,000 last week! “Having
repeat winners over time is more common that in the same cycle; and usually includes a single
applicant who is also on a regional application for a different item” said Grant-Guys Director
Tom Devaney. For one department to win two weeks in a row is special even for us!
This is Grant-Guys fourth AFGP awarded ambulance with others going to MVAC and LCFD-
11 fire departments awarded FEMA GRANTS IN AFGP ROUND 6
-The NESCONSET FD, SERVING AS HOST OF A REGIONAL APPLICATION with the St. James FD
and Nissequogue FD will share $450,000 in portable radios, base stations, and mobile radios.
This is the largest of the 11 awards announced today. This is Nesconset’s second consecutive
AFGP win with grant-Guys coming off a 2019 award for SCBA. “This is an incredible win for us
here at grant Guys as it is our sixth consecutive regional radio award in the same county; there
is no other fire-grant firm in the country that can say that” said Tom Devaney, Director of
-The WADING RIVER FD was awarded in the amount of $67,000 for purchase of 2 EMS
monitors. We are especially proud of this award as WADING RIVER FD was awarded a brush
truck also in the cycle. This is their third AFGP award through Grant-Guys Inc. in as many years
having won radios in 2019.
-The GREAT NECK ALERT FC was awarded funding in the amount of $50,000-MICRO-GRANT for
the purchase of a 6 SCBA. It is expected that 6 obsolete units will be removed from service and
replaced with the latest NFPA standard equipment on their new ladder truck. The award covers
the unit, face-pieces, and two cylinders. This is their sixth AFGP award through Grant-Guys Inc.
with prior awards for SAFER and a rescue truck. Over ten years they have secured over ONE
MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL FUNDS.
-The BELLMORE FD was awarded $188,000 for the purchase of portable radios. This is
Bellmore’s second AFGP award through Grant-Guys Inc. having won a SAFER R&R award
-The GREAT NECK VIGILANT FC was awarded $224,000 for the purchase of portable radios,
pagers, mobile radios, and a base station console. This is Vigilant’s fourth FEMA award with
Grant-Guys having won 3 SAFER prior.
-The ROSLYN RESCUE FD received funding for NEW PORTABLE RADIOS IN THE AMOUNT OF
$201,000. This was Roslyn’s first win with Grant-Guys right out of the box! Roslyn rescue
applied independently without success in the 2019 cycle.
-The Quogue FD was awarded $166,000 for the purchase of an SCBA fill station, portable
radios, and new pagers. This is a re-submitted application having been denied funding in 2019
due to lack of funds.
-The LONG BEACH FD was awarded $133,000 for the purchase of portable radios. This also was
a resubmitted application from 2019 have not made the fundable range by pennies! LBFD
received a SAFER award in 2019 for the dual LED signs currently installed.
-In NYC, the Richmond Engine Company on Staten Island was awarded $52,000 for complete
sets of PPE and thermal imagers. This is NYC’s third award with grant-Guys Inc. following a 2018
-The Ridge FD was awarded $177,000 for the purchase of portable radios. This was Ridge’s first
application with Grant-Guys.
-The OYSTER BAY ATLANTIC STEAMER FC was awarded a $49,000 micro-grant for the purchase
of PPE. This is Steamers 5th consecutive win with Grant-Guys following portable radios, diesel
exhaust, SCBA, and two SAFER awards.
“With 7 Long Island awardees being re-submitted applications following prior turn-downs, the
case can made to stick to your items and be prepared to re-submit denied applications over-
time. This isn’t a race, it’s a competition among other worthy fire departments across the
country” said Tom Devaney. “Administrative organization, commitment and understanding the
process together with good grant writer communication will result in an award over-time.”
2 SUFFOLK CO FD’S awarded FEMA GRANTS IN AFGP ROUND 7
-The AMITYVILLE FD, received funding for EMS Monitors and EMS Power Cots. This is the fifth
AFGP award for the AFD including one SAFER award and one regional radio in 2018 award
-The YAPHANK FD was awarded in the amount of $50,000 for purchase of 7 SCBA, masks and
3 LI FD’S awarded FEMA GRANTS IN AFGP/ SAFER ROUND 3
THE BELLEROSE TERACE FC was awarded $84,800 for recruitment and retention funds. A
portion of the funds will be used to install an out LED sign at headquarters. This is BTFD 4 th
award with Grant-Guys since 2012.
THE POINT LOOKOUT-LIDO FD was awarded $95,500 for a recruitment and retention program
which also will include the installation of an outdoor LED sign.
THE FLOWER HILL HOSE COMPANY, part of the Port Washington Fire District was awarded
$105,780 for a comprehensive recruitment and retention program. This, in addition to a small
LED sign, will include NFPA physicals and PPE for NEW members only.
The SAFER program is a recruitment and retention program and/or hiring program. The vast
majority of funds are directed at hiring programs with a small percentage awarded to individual
volunteer departments. This four year no match program is notoriously difficult to manage. “Its
common place to see annual multi-million dollar programs awarded to career agencies and
small departments fighting for a nickel” said Grant-Guys owner Kevin Mulrooney. “In our view,
the SAFER program office prefers career agencies or large volunteer programs like the college
tuition award or FASNY “Fire-in-You”; but that does very little for a struggling local agency. It’s
simple common sense that it’s easier for them to manage a single large award instead of
helping a small agency over four years. It’s unfortunate but it’s the government way.”
Today’s SAFER awards equal about $208,000 in direct fire assistance to Long Island FD’s
prepared by Grant-Guys in this round.
The next SAFER Application period will open in the late Fall of 2021.
The next AFGP Application period will open in the late Fall of 2021.
FOUR DEPARTMENTS RECEIVE AFG-S COVID AWARDS
Four fire departments received federal funding for the purchase of EMS PPE. This brings our
success rate with the AFGP-S (supplemental) program to 100%. Awardees include the
JAMESPORT FD, CLINTON FD, CLINTON EMS, RICHMOND ENGINE CO., AND THE MINEOLA
VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS. AFGP-S was funded through the CARES Act.
MVAC is wrapping up a $300,000 AFGP-S award serving as the regional host to 8 area agencies
including Levittown, Great Neck Alerts, Albertson, Oyster Bay Co.1, LCFD-Rescue, Floral Park
Ctr., and Bellerose Terrace FC.