Oregon Fire Service Agencies -
The success of the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants depends upon volunteer peer reviewers from fire service organizations. As in years past, we are looking for evaluators to review and score the grant applications. To the extent possible, please diversify the folks you nominate and reach out to women and minorities. The evaluation sessions are planned for a location to be determined in or around Atlanta, Georgia from February 11-15, 2013.
As in past years, evaluators that are selected and notified by FEMA, should plan on arriving the day before the evaluation period and returning home the afternoon of the final day of the evaluation period. The AFG program will cover travel costs such as transportation, food and lodging. Ground transportation will also be provided between the airport and the panel location. Panelists will be contacted to discuss the necessary travel arrangements and reimbursement. No salary or compensation other than travel expenses will be provided for volunteers. Please be aware that grant management procedures prohibit interchanging evaluators during any given week, so evaluators will be scheduled for a full week.
Please seek to avoid any real or potential conflict of interest when recommending panel candidates. While FEMA is not establishing a minimum level of qualifications, it is essential for panelists to have a broad knowledge in areas such as fire prevention, code enforcement, arson investigation, and public fire safety education as they will be reviewing applications from fire departments throughout the United States. This will help maintain the integrity of a "peer review" approach.
To maximize the placement of each evaluator and in order to best utilize their professional knowledge, skills and abilities, the following sample criteria has been developed to assist you in identifying appropriate evaluators:
Appropriate representation for each evaluator:
Fire Service Organization
Specific experience each evaluator has working in a Fire Prevention capacity. Examples may include:
Community Education Projects
Fire Prevention and Safety Training
Code Enforcement/ Inspections
National Firefighter Safety initiatives
Months/years of experience in each of the selected Fire Prevention and Safety capacities:
Education/Training (Please describe)
Job Experience (Specifically Fire Prevention/Firefighter Safety related)
Further, based on discussions held at the Criteria Development panel, the evaluators will be assigned to review applications based on the type of department they represent (all volunteer, career, or combination) so we ask that you submit names representing as many of these categories as possible.
In order to move forward with the creation of the peer review panels, please provide the following general information for each evaluator:
Organizational name and position or title
Type of Department Represented (Volunteer, Career, Combination)
Day and evening telephone numbers
Depending on the number of evaluator names the FEMA AFG Program receives and the availability of the individuals proposed, every individual whose name you have provided may not be selected.
If you are interested in being considered, the above information should be sent to me at email@example.com no later than Friday, January 11, 2013. After we receive the names, we will review the names submitted, contact fire chiefs for names we are not familiar with, and submit them to the FEMA AFG Program which will select the participants through a random selection process.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by phone at 503-378-2332or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your time and continued time and assistance.
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training