FASP 2021 Recruitment and Retention Local Level Grant Program Initiative Summary of Activities & Results and 2022 Grant Announcement

                                                          FASP 2021 Recruitment and Retention

                                                          Local Level Grant Program Initiative

                                                          Summary of Activities & Results

                                                          And 2022 Grant Announcement


The  Firefighters Association of the State of Pennsylvania Recruitment and Retention program activities are quite broad and comprehensive and include:

Website management & updating. The site www.becomeapafirefighter.com; includes:

  • Successful programs in PA
  • News articles of relevance to Recruitment and Retention
  • Powerpoint and video training in Recruitment and Retention

–     Links to other R&R websites

  • Location for grant submission

–     Ask a question capability

Monthly Recruitment and Retention “Tip of the Month”

Presentations and training are conducted around the state

Questions are answered and guidance provided about R&R

A Local Level Grant Program is available.


The Fireman’s Association of the State of Pennsylvania (FASP) offered recruitment grants to fire and EMS agencies in Pennsylvania as part of a comprehensive SAFER Grant. Details include, by accepting this grant, the agency hereby agrees to provide a report to the Fireman’s Associations of the State of Pennsylvania Grant Program Administrator or funds will be returned to the Association.


Grants were awarded for fire/EMS agencies who want to customize and implement the core recruitment marketing and advertising materials and projects developed by FASP. The funds can be used to customize the materials based on local recruitment issues as well as to pay for printing costs associated with the materials.


2021 Grant recipients and their programs are as follows:

Blue Rock Fire District in Lancaster County used $4,992 to create and implement a digital marketing campaign to recruit high school and local college students. The campaign used digital media advertising that targeted phones and social media platforms. 10 new firefighters were recruiting and one new administrative member was recruited.

Boothwyn Volunteer Fire Company in Upper Chichester Township, Delaware County, used $5,000 to create three videos to use through social media and engaged a mail order firm to mail recruitment