With communities experiencing rapid growth in population, many local governments are forced to look for outside sources of funding to ensure that their emergency services are able to meet the demand of their growing population. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) grants provide funding for expenses such as equipment, training, and salaries in order to provide necessary protection to their respective communities.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are major contributors to EMS grants, which provide state, local, and tribal governments with non-disaster grants to enhance the capacity of emergency responders to prevent, respond to, and recover from a major emergency.
The following are some examples of types of programs that may support EMS projects:
- Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Firefighter Grant Program: 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: Works with states, communities, public-private partners, and families to strengthen the maternal and child health (MCH) infrastructure, ensure the availability and use of medical homes, and enable continued improvement in the health, safety, and well-being of the MCH population.
- Public Access Defibrillation Demonstration Project (PADDP): To support projects that increase public access to emergency medical devices and services: including the purchase of approved automated external defibrillators (AEDs), basic life training in AED usage, public outreach on the devices, and strategies to improve access to the equipment in public places.