Mark O’Connor, Chairman of the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department Board of Commissioners, and Fire Chief Steve Kona award Firefighter school FF1and FF2 scholarships to the newest members of NVFD. Randy Babb, Matthew Parker and Daryl Marazon join the department ranks as new firefighter recruits. Funding from a FEMA SAFER grant has provided financial support for the training scholarships in the areas FF1, FF2, and EMT school. These men will continue their training attending EMT school. The NVFD relies on dues and donations for their budgetary needs. The FEMA SAFER grant has allowed NVFD to increase its capacity for service to the community through the use of tuition scholarships. Firefighters at NVFD volunteer their services and time to serve the area from I-75 to the Gulf waters. Thousands of residence, visitors and businesses have benefitted from the NVFD fire and EMT first responders service. NVFD is the only volunteer fire department in Sarasota County.
The Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD) is sincerely grateful to FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for awarding $49,621.00 to afford the department the ability to purchase 8 SCBA’s compliant to the NFPA 1981 Standard 2007 Edition ( Air Pack NxG7 SCBA, Dual EBSS, Pak Tracker, CBRN ) Assembled brackets with straps, a base operational bottle with 45 minutes of air supply and an integrated PASS device along with a spare bottle. A mask, face mask bag and voice amplifier assembly for each apparatus position. An amplifier bracket, and a quarter turn cartridge assembly for each mask and P100 filters. In addition, pictured are 2 RIC Packs and 1 Pak Tracker System.
The new and safer equipment translates into better performance in providing services to our community. This equipment has allowed the department to incorporate a testing, maintenance and replacement program that more easily fits into the budget constraints which the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department currently experiences.
We are grateful for being chosen in FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Without this assistance our equipment procurement would have been delayed. The partial interoperability and compatibility with our automatic mutual aid response areas would not have been attained without the assistance from this program.
This equipment was obtained in May of 2009 and put into service in June of 2009. There was a 1 month training period associated with this along with personal fit testing for all personnel. This grant has now ended.
EMW-2009-FO-01315- This grant is closed.
NVFD received an additional 8 SCBA units from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awarding $42,000.00 bringing our total to 16 SCBA units on our primary responding vehicles.
This award brought us the ability to achieve interoperability standards with our automatic mutual aid stations. All 16 units are now in service with the grant award for SCBA now shown as $91,621.
All grant funding was received from US Department of Homeland Security under the Assistance to Fire Grants Programs under operations and safety.
EMW-2010-FF-00406- This grant period has ended as of July 1, 2015.
The Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department proudly announces acceptance of funding in the amount of $382,580.00 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program SAFER Act Grant in Recruitment and Retention of 60 firefighters. Grant monies will assist Nokomis in the training of 15 firefighters per year for the next 4 years. Over the 4 year period, Nokomis will create 60 volunteers to assist in first out response and maintaining station operations. Each of the 60 graduates will have Fire and EMS certification to the State of Florida standards. Plus, our graduates will have additional training as volunteer advocates in our “community wide” Comprehensive All-Hazards Awareness Program. The 60 SAFER graduates will have dual certification in Fire and EMS response and poses an additional benefit of performing all-hazards awareness in our public education program.
All students receiving funding under this grant have a contractual obligation to fulfill all training, physical and in-kind service requirements (2 Years Volunteer Service) or all of their funded monies are due by the person(s) receiving grant compensation. Note that SAFER funding to Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department Inc. is open to all citizens in the USA and applicants are guided under the Standard Operational guidelines of NVFD and requirements in the SAFER award. All deviations to the above must receive prior approval from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grants Programs Directorate.