Next month, Shawnee Fire Battalion Chief Tony Wittman will head to Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he has been selected to take part in the FY2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant peer review process.

Next month, Shawnee Fire Battalion Chief Tony Wittman will head to Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he has been selected to take part in the FY2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant peer review process.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is coordinated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA and is the foremost grant program for Fire Departments in the country.

Fire Chief Dru Tischer said Homeland Security will pay for his travel and he will spend the week at the National Fire Academy peer reviewing grant request proposals from departments throughout the country.

“Not only will Battalion Chief Wittmann’s participation help facilitate the grant program, but he will gain valuable grant writing experience during the peer review process,” he said.

Tischer said Wittmann took over as the department's grant coordinator this year.

“He submitted a grant request proposal for our department in February to the FY2017 AFG program in the amount of $192,889 for multiple items, including a compressed-air fill station, a turn-out gear cleaning extractor, a turn-out gear dryer and a back-up generator for Station No. 2, as well as water rescue PPE, ballistic protection for firefighters and portable radios,”Tischer said.

If approved, we will be responsible for a 10-percent match for this grant, he said.

“I’m really proud of Tony for taking advantage of this opportunity and I really appreciate his work on grants for our department,” he said. “I am also grateful to State Fire Marshal Robert Doke for nominating Tony for participation in the peer review process.”