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State Receives New Fire Training Props Thanks to FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (Photo) - 02/07/18

The primary goal of the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. FEMA's AFG also helps state fire training agencies purchase equipment that us used to train career and volunteer firefighters.

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) plays many roles in the state including that of statewide fire service training. On an annual basis DPSST provides training to more than 3,000 career an volunteer fire service personnel around Oregon. The bulk of this training is provided at local fire stations as approximately 80% of the state's 13,000 firefighters are volunteers.

To assist DPSST in delivering hands-on fire training, in an environmentally friendly manner, DPSST applied for, and received, a FEMA AFG grant for more than $300,000 to purchase two car fire props and two flammable liquids and gases (FLAG) props. The props burn propane which means the only residue is carbon which avoids concerns neighbors have when live fire training is done and the associated smoke, smell, and run-off. These props will be used on a regional basis to deliver hands-on firefighter training around the state.

Vehicle fires potentially create the most hazardous and challenging response that law enforcement and fire personnel encounter. Awareness of the hazard is essential in scene safety starting from the arrival and lasting throughout the incident. The two new vehicle fire training simulators offer multiple training hazard scenarios that provide effective safe approach strategies and tactics.

Hazardous material response to flammable liquid and gas incidents demand quick and effective response which is generated from specialized training. The two new Flammable Liquids and Gases (FLAG) training props will allow DPSST to deliver consistent realistic training scenarios to career and volunteer firefighters around the state.

Without the FEMA AFG grant, the purchase of these four new props would not have been possible. Congress authorizes approximately $750 million each year for the Assistance for Firefighters Grant which is made available to fire agencies around the nation through a competitive application process. More than five million dollars is received by Oregon fire agencies each year for equipment, apparatus, safety equipment, and other fire service items thanks to these federal grant funds.

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

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