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Department of Homeland Security: Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

Deadline: February 10, 2017

The goal of the SAFER grant program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Local fire departments accomplish this by improving staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.

The SAFER grant program is composed of two activities:

  • Hiring of Firefighters
  • Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters

Amount: $345,000,000 is available for approximately 300 grants. There is no minimum or maximum award amount.

Eligibility:

  • Volunteer fire departments and combination fire departments may apply for funding under both the Hiring of Firefighters Activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity
  • Career fire departments may only apply for funding under the Hiring of Firefighters Activity
  • Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so, such as those under the support of the municipality or district
  • National, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters and individual fire departments (volunteer or combination) may only apply for funding under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity

Link: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/127856

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