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Grants to Virginia Counties and Municipalities to
Build and Renovate Firefighting Training Structures

Live Fire Training Structure Grants

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Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP)

Deadline Date:

07/01/22 - Postmarked, for new construction or renovation projects; Emergency renovation and repair project applications may be submitted at any time.

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Grants to Virginia counties and local governments for capital projects that benefit firefighter training programs. Funding is intended to support projects to upgrade existing structures or to construct new buildings where the local fire service will train personnel in a simulated, life-like environment. Requests for emergency renovations and repairs will be accepted at any time.

The Live Fire Training Structure Grant Program was established to provide grants to Virginia localities seeking to construct, renovate (including additions), or repair permanent Live Fire Training Structures. The term Live Fire Training Structure refers to a structure specifically designed for conducting live fire training evolutions on a repetitive basis. It is an unoccupied structure used by the fire service for training personnel in a controlled and supervised fire simulation or dense smoke environment. 

Project Types:

  • Live Fire Training Structure (Construction Project): A project to construct a new or replacement permanent Live Fire Training Structure. Construction funding is approved by the Virginia Fire Services Board in accordance with the policy. For Construction Requirements, see http://www.vafire.com/content/uploads/2019/08/V3-Final-February-2019-Live-Fire-Training-Structure-Grant-Program-Inspection-Related-Edits.pdf#page=11.
  • Live Fire Training Structure Renovation/Addition Project: A project to renovate an existing permanent Live Fire Training Structure; add an addition to an existing permanent Live Fire Training Structure; conduct repairs or renovations that involve structural components of a permanent Live Fire Training Structure; or conduct repairs that exceed the funding authorized for a Live Fire Training Structure Repair Project. 
  • Live Fire Training Structure Repair Project: A project to repair to an existing permanent Live Fire Training Structure. Projects allowed in this category include temperature monitoring equipment repairs; thermal lining tile repair and replacement; sacrificial block wall replacements (concrete masonry unit walls), fire brick; minor, non-structural, spalled concrete repair; door/window repairs; or similar repairs. Prior to the approval of any repair funds, a copy of the inspection report must be submitted to substantiate the request. 

Emergency Renovations are any repair greater than $50,000 for Live Fire Training Structure in which the VDFP has taken the Live Fire Training Structure out of service for certified training due to VDFP determination that certified training can no longer adequately or safely be performed. In order to bring the Live Fire Training Structure back into service for VDFP-certified training, jurisdictions may submit emergency renovation applications at any time for consideration. 

Combination Buildings/Training Structures: At some training centers, because of a lack of available space or funds, individual structures for drill tower functions, live-fire training, smoke training, or any combination thereof, might not be built. In these instances, a combination training structures are utilized to conduct live-fire training and any of the following;

  1.  Engineering design and construction must be reviewed and approved by the Agency’s E/A Firm.
  2.  Consideration will be within the scope of new construction only.
  3.  No additional funds will be awarded outside of this policy’s specifications.

Such scenario is generally accomplished by the supervised deliberate setting of a fire or establishment of a dense smoke environment within the structure to practice fire suppression and other allied fire attack skills. (As such, the structure shall not be used as an occupied dwelling.) 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178323

Estimated Size of Grant:

1. New Construction or Replacement: There shall be a cap on the maximum amount of funds to be awarded in any single grant for either totally new or the total replacement of an existing permanent Live Fire Training Structure; the current cap is $450,000. An additional amount up to $30,000 shall be available to offset E/A costs pertaining to site adaptation.

2. Renovation Project: The maximum amount will be set by the Virginia Fire Services Board, but in no case will it exceed the cap that can be awarded for a new or replacement building.

3. Repair Project: The maximum amount shall not exceed $50,000 per project; and no Live Fire Training Structure will be funded over $50,000 per fiscal period (July 1 – June 30).

4. For Renovation and Repair Projects: If the permanent Live Fire Training Structure exceeds the base Prototype model, applications must include conceptual plans/design plans with the total square footage of the Live Fire Training Structure and the number of burn rooms per floor. The award will be based on square footage of the Live Fire Training Structure and number of burn rooms compared to the base Prototype model. (i.e. If the total existing Live Fire Training Structure square footage is 3,000 and the base prototype model square footage is 1,200, the award will be capped at 40% of the total estimated cost; or if the existing Live Fire Training Structure has more than 2 burn rooms, the award will be based on the minimum requirements of 2 burn rooms.)

Term of Contract:

For new construction, the grant term shall not exceed twenty-four (24) months from the date of award notification without approval from the Agency and/or the Virginia Fire Services Board. The grant recipient shall have up to twelve (12) months from the date of award notification to provide to the Agency a valid building permit. The grant recipient shall have up to (an additional) twelve (12) months to complete the construction project.

For renovations or repairs, the grant term shall not exceed twelve (12) months from the date of award notification without approval from the Agency and/or the Virginia Fire Services Board.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Jurisdictions: Localities within the Commonwealth of Virginia otherwise eligible to receive Aid to Localities from the Fire Programs Fund; nominally all Counties, Independent Cities, and incorporated Towns within those counties; herein also referred to simply as Jurisdiction or Locality.

Grant funds may only be used for the construction/erection, renovation, or repair of the Live Fire Training Structure, and direct-related costs to the construction/erection, renovation, or repair within 15 feet of the Live Fire Training Structure including E/A costs. (The 15 feet was established as a safety zone for firefighting evolutions.)

Grant funds will not be approved for any civil engineering site plan implementation or any other ancillary costs assumed as overhead or ordinary cost of managing a capital project. (For further details on these ineligible costs, see http://www.vafire.com/content/uploads/2019/08/V3-Final-February-2019-Live-Fire-Training-Structure-Grant-Program-Inspection-Related-Edits.pdf#page=6.)

Grant funds may not be used for routine maintenance or operations costs for new or existing Live Fire Training Structure.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for new construction or renovation projects will be received for review bi-annually and must be postmarked by either January 1 or July 1.

Emergency renovation applications may be submitted at any time for consideration provided the application meets the “Emergency Renovations” qualification.

The Grant is a matching/cost-sharing program.

Live Fire Training Structure Grant FAQ: https://www.vafire.com/grants-and-local-aid/burn-building-grants/burn-building-grant-faq/

Additional information: https://www.vafire.com/grants-and-local-aid/burn-building-grants/nfpa-1403-compliance-for-burn-building-grants/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grant applications should be sent to:

Budget and Grants Manager
Virginia Department of Fire Programs
1005 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059-4500

Tel: (804) 371-0220

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