Protective Equipment for Responders
ID: 355093Type: Posted
Overview

Buyer

Office of Procurement Operations - Grants Division (DHS-OPO)

Award Range

$0 - $750K

Eligible Applicants

Others

Funding Category

Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes
Timeline
  1. 1
    Forecast Posted Not available
  2. 2
    Forecast Due Not available
  3. 3
    Posted Jun 24, 2024 12:00 AM
  4. 4
    Due Jul 24, 2024 12:00 AM
Description

The Office of Procurement Operations - Grants Division has posted a federal grant opportunity titled "Protective Equipment for Responders". This grant is a Cooperative Agreement and falls under the category of Science and Technology and other Research and Development. The grant does not require any cost sharing or matching. The opportunity is discretionary and the CFDA number associated with it is 97.108.

The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for the development of Personal Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) for wildland firefighters. These PAPRs will offer HEPA-level protection against particulate matters and Class II NFPA 1984:2022 protection against chemical vapor hazards. The recipient of the grant has already conducted in-house testing to address the required modifications and improvements to the PAPRs. These include realignment of the WFR's carbon bed performance, modification of the battery pack for heat resistance and flammability, and creation of a compartmented backpack for housing the PAPRs.

Furthermore, the wildland firefighter respirator (WFR) has undergone three operational field assessments, which received overwhelmingly positive feedback from experienced wildland firefighters. The assessments focused on various wildland simulation exercises and evaluated factors such as battery life, airflow, noise level, mounting systems, and communication capability while wearing the WFR. The recipient has successfully achieved respiratory technology compliant with the regulatory standards noted in NFPA 1984 and has surpassed the functionality and performance levels currently available in commercially sold PAPRs.

The grant has an award ceiling of $750,000 and it is expected that only one award will be granted. The close date for submitting applications is July 24, 2024. For additional information and eligibility requirements, interested applicants can visit GrantSolutions. For any inquiries, Janet Bailey, a Grants Specialist, can be contacted at janet.bailey@hq.dhs.gov or by phone at 202-505-8897.

In summary, this federal grant opportunity aims to fund the development of advanced Personal Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) for wildland firefighters. The PAPRs will provide enhanced protection against particulate matters and chemical vapor hazards. The recipient has already made significant progress in improving the PAPRs and has received positive feedback from field assessments. The grant offers up to $750,000 in funding and applications must be submitted by July 24, 2024.

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