Seek and utilize available Federal funding (grants) for programs and services.
Example: FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has 4 Grants (FY 2010- 390 Million) awarded directly to individual Fire Departments- Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S)Firefights Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG).
In 2009, AFG Grants were given to 50+ WA Fire Departments ( 321 applied statewide), of which 1 was in the city of Seattle; However, not a single Seattle Fire Department was awarded any of the other 3 grants. Each of those can help with, but not limited to, paying salaries of firefighters, eliminating layoffs, new protective equipment, and fire station improvements. With the current budget cuts, it is likely that Fire Departments eligibility will increase next year due to the shortage of local funding.