AFG awards: When is an EHP review required?

You must complete an Environmental and Historical Preservation review for AFG awards to ensure reimbursement

By Jerry Brant, EMS1 Contributor

Recently, we have received several calls and emails from departments inquiring if their AFG award requires them to go through an Environmental and Historic Preservation Review. One department received an award for an in-station breathing air compressor and cannot access their funding because an EHP Review has not been completed and submitted to FEMA. Even though this sounds like a simple project, it has the potential to impact the environment and your building, and as such, a review is mandatory.

All modifications to facility activities and any renovation to facilities that would qualify as a modification to facilities supporting activities under training, equipment, PPE or wellness and fitness categories will require an EHP Review. Some equipment activities will require an EHP Review as well. Such activities include, but are not limited to, the installation of:

Failure to follow the EHP Review process could result in your grant award being disallowed.
Failure to follow the EHP Review process could result in your grant award being disallowed. (Photo/City of West Linn)
  • Air compressor/fill station/cascade system (fixed) for filling SCBA
  • Air quality systems
  • Alarm/alerting systems
  • Antennas
  • Generators (fixed)
  • Sprinklers
  • Vehicle exhaust systems (fixed)
  • Washer/dryer/extractors

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About the author
Jerry Brant is a senior grant consultant and grant writer with FireGrantsHelp and EMSGrantsHelp. He has 46 years of experience as a volunteer firefighter in West-Central Pennsylvania. He is a life member of the Hope Fire Company of Northern Cambria, where he served as chief for 15 years. He is an active member of the Patton Fire Company 1 and serves as safety officer. Jerry graduated from Saint Francis University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2003 he was awarded a James A Johnson Fellowship by the FannieMae Foundation for his accomplishments in community development. He has successfully written more than $70 million in grant applications. Jerry can be reached at

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