Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grant (SCG) Program
This is a Department of Homeland Security program that will be administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate in coordination with the U.S. Fire Administration. The program will provide financial assistance directly to fire departments on a competitive basis to build new or modify existing fire stations in order for departments to enhance their response capability and protect the community they serve from fire and fire-related hazards. SCG seeks to support organizations lacking the tools and resources necessary to effectively protect the health and safety of the public and their emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards. ARRA allocated $210 million for Fire Station Construction to be distributed by FEMA.
The Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) has applied for over $18.5 million in DHS grants being made available through FEMA-administered programs, including over $14.9 million from the SCG program. These funds would be utilized by the Department to fund the new construction or rehabilitation of several key stations in 6 different neighborhoods, as well to provide permanent back-up electrical generators to stations in order to better provide services during extended power outages. The proposed construction and rehabilitation projects will create immediate construction employment, provide modern facilities for CFD companies currently housed in out-of-date stations, and better permit CFD to provide mutual aid to neighboring jurisdictions.