Are you discouraged because your 2011 AFG training request was denied?
Don’t give up! Grant funding for training projects is not dead.
Many fire departments are frustrated that they were not awarded a training grant for 2011 and may not apply for training this year, or not apply at all. If your department has a training, equipment or apparatus need, we urge you to keep trying!
Action Training Systems has some tips to help you successfully ask for training in 2012.
1)Make sure your training request matches the grant priorities.
The 2011 AFG Program Guidance for training states: “In implementing the fire service’s recommendations concerning AFG, DHS has determined that the most benefit is derived from training that is instructor-led and hands-on and that leads to a nationally sanctioned or State certification. Therefore, applications focused on national or State certification training, including train-the-trainer initiatives, will receive a higher competitive rating.”
Nearly every successful AFG funded training project demonstrated in the request that the program outlined was instructor led, incorporated evaluation and testing, and led to student certification upon completion.
To be successful, you must outline your entire training program, not just training materials you need to carry out that program.
You must show how your certified instructor will use the requested training materials as part of a program that includes getting students in the classroom seats and delivering quality hands-on training leading to certification.
The AFG reviewers like to see that you have a training plan, not a wish list. You must indicate how trainees will be evaluated and tested in your program to demonstrate their competency.
Action Training Systems offers several instructional aids that are necessary to meet the goals of developing effective emergency responder training. These include instructional DVDs and CBTs to complement instructor led Firefighter I/II, Driver Operator, HAZMAT Awareness, HAZMAT Operations and EMS course delivery; PowerPoint programs for all levels of firefighter and emergency responder training; a full line of IFSTA manuals and student workbooks necessary for effective delivery; Brady/Pearson EMS books and, a comprehensive test-generating program for student applications and evaluations.
Successful AFG awards, especially those for training, require planning thought and preparation.
Action Training Systems has over 24 years of experience in developing courses for emergency responders. Action Training Systems has a key understanding of the industry, the adult learner and of instructional design, placing our programs at a superior advantage over other training products in the market.
Action Training Systems has aided thousands of fire departments worldwide in meeting their training needs. Contact our expert technical staff at 1-800-755-1440 for your training support needs.