Department of Homeland Security: Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)Deadline: April 27, 2018
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) assists 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 Activity: To hire new, additional firefighters to improve staffing levels
- Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity: To assist fire departments with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters who are involved with or trained in the operations of firefighting and emergency response
Amount: A total of $345,000,000 is available to award up to 300 grants. There is no minimum or maximum award amount.
- Volunteer, combination, and career 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