Jerry Brant has 50 years of experience as a volunteer fire fighter in rural west central Pennsylvania. He is a life member of the Hope Fire Company of Northern Cambria where he served as Chief for 15 years. He is currently an active member and Second Assistance Chief of the Patton Fire Company #1. Brant served as President of the 19 county, Central District Volunteer Fireman’s Association in 1996-1997 and he was featured in the award-winning documentary “Friendship, Goodwill, And Hope” a four part television news series on volunteer fire fighting in Pennsylvania. For 20 years Brant was employed as the executive director and then president of a small non-profit community development corporation. In recognition for this outstanding work in the field of community development in 2003 the Fannie Mae Foundation awarded him a James A. Johnson Fellowship. This Fellowship is a highly competitive process that is awarded annually to no more than six individuals nationally. In 2008 Mr. Brant “retired” from his employment to form Decoplan Associates LLC. a firm specializing in grant writing, strategic planning and project development for fire, and EMS organizations and municipal governments. To date, Decoplan has written over $105 million in successful grant applications. Included in that number is the highly productive Allegheny Mountain Firefighters Initiative and the Westco SAFER. Jerry also serves as a columnist for Firerescue1.com and a senior grant consultant for firegrantshelp.com. He has been featured in videos for Globe, Scott and the National Volunteer Fire Council and has spoken at numerous workshops across the nation. Brant has also co-authored four Get Ready Guides preparing fire and EMS services to plan and write more competitive applications to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Mr. Brant holds a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Francis University in Loretto Pennsylvania. He has also held a number of local elected positions and he has served as a grant reviewer for the both the federal government and private foundations. To contact Jerry, email email@example.com or call 814-381-8317.
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articles, NF: Professional mags/journals, NF: self-help