Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulation (BUSTR) Revolving Loan

The Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) is offering zero interest loans to any political subdivision, including Community Improvement Corporations, for the purpose of beginning, continuing, or completing the removal, assessment, or corrective action related to underground storage tanks located within that political subdivision’s geographic boundaries. The political subdivision awarded the loan will have to commit to spend an amount, from its own funds, equal to 5% of the loaned amount for any funded activities.

To apply for the grant, complete the application available on our website at Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2014 and sent to Ohio Department of Commerce- Fiscal East, Attn: Kimberly Hodnett, P.O. Box 4009, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009.

For Fiscal Questions, Please Contact: Kimberly Hodnett at (614)-752-7122 or

For UST or Environmental Questions, Please Contact: David Sauer, Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations at (614) 752-7096 or

Firefighter I Training Grant

This grant provides funding to pay for the costs of providing Firefighter I or Firefighter I Transition certification courses free of charge to select students by SFM approved class providers. By partnering with eligible class providers, it is the goal of the SFM to ease the costs to local governments, promote shared services and broaden the availability of these courses throughout the state.

To apply for the Firefighter I grant, click here. Please submit the application to Ohio Department of Commerce, Fiscal East, ATTN: Lisa Caldwell, P.O. Box 4009, 6606 Tussing Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

Contact: Kimberly Hodnett at 1-800-515-0023 or

Fire Department Training Reimbursement Grant

Fire Departments that provide primary fire protection to an area with a permanent population of 25,000 or less qualify for the grant. Reimbursement is available for specific fire training classes, including the cost of training manuals and student workbooks up to the maximum amount that is authorized. Only the following classes will be covered by the grant: Volunteer Firefighter, Firefighter I Transition, Firefighter I, Firefighter II Transition, Firefighter I & II (combined), Certified Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Officer I. The following Ohio Fire Academy Courses will be covered by the grant: Fire Officer 2, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Structural Fire Attack 101, Training In Acquired Structures, Understanding Fire Behavior (Mobile Fire Lab). Training grants awards are subject to availability of funds.

Award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in Spring 2015.

Contact:: Jay Clevenger at (614) 752-7208 or toll free (888) 726-7731 or

Grants Awarded:Calendar Year 2013,Calendar Year 2012, Calendar Year 2011, Calendar Year 2010, Calendar Year 2009, Calendar Year 2008, Calendar Year 2007 (PDF)


The MARCS Grant is available to fire departments that serve 25,000 or less. The money can be used to purchase the systems, equipment, and/or services that are a part of, integrated into, or otherwise interoperable with the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) operated by the State of Ohio with respect to providing fire protection services. Up to $50,000 per department is available through this grant. Fire departments can apply for this grant as a single agency or as part of a county-wide or regional effort.

All 2015 MARCS Grants have been awarded.

Contact: Kimberly Hodnett at (800) 515-0023 or

Grants Awarded: 2014

National Fire Academy (NFA)

These funds are made available by the National Fire Academy and are administered by the Ohio Fire Academy to support training initiatives of NFA courses in four categories: Delivery of NFA hand-off courses in State and local areas; Delivery of selected NFA regional and direct delivery courses; Endorsement Program courses; and Chief Officer Training Curriculum.

The Ohio Fire Academy is responsible for applying for the grant from the National Fire Academy. The Ohio Fire Academy then provides lower cost or free education to Ohio firefighters.

Contact: Steve Goheen at (888) 726-7731 or

Grants Awarded: 2009, 2008 (PDF)

National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)

In order to comply with the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) requirement, the Ohio Fire Incident Reporting (OFIRS) grant offered assistance to fire departments for purchasing software, computers, printers and other necessary equipment to comply with the national standard.

HB 119 provided grant money for the transition from 4.1 to the new NFIRS standard 5.0 to assist fire departments in converting their reporting systems to the new standard. Funding is no longer available for this grant.

Contact: Frank Conway at (888) 243-0305 or

Grants Awarded: 2009, 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Revolving Loan

The Small Government Fire Department Services Revolving Loan Program was created by the General Assembly to assist local governments in funding certain fire department major related expenses. A revolving loan can be used to expedite the purchase of major firefighting, rescue or EMS equipment. It can also be used for the construction or renovation of fire department buildings.

Award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in Spring 2015.

Contact: Kimberly Hodnett at (800) 515-0023 or

Grants Awarded: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Rural Community Financial Assistance (RCFA)

The RCFA is a matching program to cover the cost of tuition and lodging at the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Ohio Fire Academy. Recipients are responsible for travel, meals and other expenses. Only firefighters from communities serving a population of less than 10,000 qualify. However, for multi-community projects, the 10,000 may be exceeded, provided none of the communities in the project have more than 10,000 people. This fund will not cover cost incurred for state certification (Fire or EMS) training.

To apply for this grant, please visit the Department of Commerce’s Ohio Fire Academy web site at

These funds are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and then administered by the Ohio Fire Academy.

Contact: Steve Goheen at (888) 726-7731 or

Grants Awarded: 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Fire Department Equipment Grant

The Division of State Fire Marshal makes the Volunteer Fire Department Equipment Grant available to qualifying fire departments. Allowable equipment within the grant includes protective clothing, SCBA, communications equipment and other miscellaneous equipment. Eligible fire departments must serve a population of 25,000 or less, be in compliance with the Volunteer Firefighter Dependents Fund outlined in Ohio Revised Code 146, and have submitted incident fire reports for the previous year.

House Bill 119 provides money for the ongoing grant.

Award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in Spring 2015.

Contact: Kimberly Hodnett at (800) 515-0023 or

Grants Awarded: 2014,2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Grants Modification for Fiscal Year 2011