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Learn How to Apply for a Rural EMS Training Grant on Jan. 24

Jan 18, 2024

Learn How to Apply for a Rural EMS Training Grant. Webinar Set for Jan. 24  

NAEMT is pleased to announce a Jan. 24 webinar to prepare EMS agencies to apply for Rural EMS Training Grants. A top expert from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which administers the grants, will share tips on submitting a winning proposal and answer your questions. The SIREN grant is a Rural EMS Training Grant.

“NAEMT heard from EMS agencies that they wanted more information about how to access these much-needed funds,” said NAEMT President Susan Bailey. “We want to thank our federal partner, SAMHSA, for creating a webinar to help EMS applicants make sure they know what they need to do to successfully apply.”

Past recipients say the grants have enabled them to train EMTs and paramedics to alleviate the workforce shortage crisis, and purchase modern equipment that saves lives and prevents long-term disability in their community. “The SAMHSA Rural EMS Training Grants have not only addressed our immediate equipment needs but have also propelled us towards becoming a vital hub for training in our region,” said Kelly Russ, chief of Putnam County EMS in Indiana.

SAMHSA Webinar Date: Jan. 24, 4 PM ET
Click the link below to join the webinar. No Registration needed.
Passcode: 408032

Phone and additional access information available here. A recorded version will be available on the SAMHSA website.

How much funding is available? $10.5 million in fiscal year 2023. NAEMT has asked Congress to increase this to $31 million in fiscal 2024 to address extreme EMS funding shortages throughout rural America. The Rural EMS Training, Equipment and Assistance Grant program is also known as the SIREN grants.

What can the grants cover? Recruiting personnel, training and education, purchasing equipment and supplies such as naloxone, simulation mannequins, cardiac monitors, and stretchers.

What is the maximum grant amount? Up to $400,000, over 2 years.

Deadline to apply: March 20.

What you’ll learn on the webinar: Essential elements for your application, supporting materials to start gathering right away, and reporting requirements.  

What Grant Recipients Are Saying  

“The funds enabled us to undertake a complete overhaul of outdated training equipment, a task that would have been financially daunting within our annual budget. The replacement encompassed essential equipment such as cardiac monitors, rhythm generators, SIM mannequins, low frequency/high fidelity incident trainers, and technology upgrades for the classroom. The grant also elevated our capabilities in hosting training sessions, conducting audits and reviews, facilitating drug-assisted-airway management skill labs, and much more.” Kelly Russ Chief, Putnam County EMS, Indiana

“We have trained new EMTs. Many are locals who want to stay in the area to work, but would not have had the money to take the course otherwise. We’ve put naloxone in first responder units. We’ve launched a community paramedicine program and bought laptops to launch a telehealth program in partnership with an area hospital. The SAMHSA Rural EMS Training Grants are allowing a small service to collaborate on new ideas that support not only our community, but the communities around us.” Dan DeSmet Paramedic, Chief of Police, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Upper Sioux Community, Granite Falls, Minnesota  

For updates and the 2024 application, visit the SAMHSA website