2020 KFRSG grant application period is now open

Our office sent out a press release yesterday announcing this year’s Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant (KFRSG) application period is now open. You can find the information and forms at www.firemarshal.ks.gov/KFRSG. I apologize for the month delay in announcing the grant, but our office has reached a critical stage in our budget and funding. We were not sure we would have the $400,000 available to fund the grant for this fiscal year.

Our office is completely fee funded and we receive no State General Funds. Over the last 5 years our fees have been swept by the State for a little over $10 million. The sweep of $1 million last fiscal year has put our agency in the position of being in a negative budget position by the end of this fiscal year. I visited with staff, and we identified some other line items that we could possibly reduce in our spending to make sure we had the funds for the Grant.

I also consulted with the Governor and her staff and received her full support and recommendation that our office move forward with the KFRSG grant program, even though funding for our office was very tight, not only for this fiscal year, but for future years as well.

I just wanted to explain the delay in opening the grant application period and to make you aware of the funding issue we are experiencing. I would also ask for your support in the upcoming Legislative session, as our office tries to address our current funding shortfall, and by doing so, hopefully continue the KFRSG grant in support of the state fire service.

Doug Jorgensen

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