FEMA is a major contributor to EMS grants as they provide state and local governments with non-disaster grants to enhance the capacity of state and local emergency responders to prevent, respond to, and recover from a major emergency.
EMS grants may fund the following types of programs:
- Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Firefighter Grant Program: The goal of this program is to increase the number of frontline firefighters or to rehire laid-off firefighters in order to better respond to emergencies, as well as to ensure communities have adequate protection from fire hazards.
- Emergency Medical Services for Children — Network Development Demonstration Project: This program works with states, communities, public-private partners, and families to strengthen the maternal and child health (MCH) infrastructure, assure the availability and use of medical homes, and enable continued improvement in the health, safety, and well-being of the MCH population.
- Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) — Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program: The purpose of this program is to reduce or eliminate claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by funding state and community projects aimed at decreasing or eliminating the long-term risk of flood damage to structures currently insured by the NFIP. This program seeks to facilitate responsive aid to local communities by funding state programs that will issue appropriate sub-grants to communities affected by flooding.