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Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant

Grants to USA Fire Departments for Staffing
Recruitment & Retention to Increase Fire Safety

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US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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03/06/15 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to increase or maintain the number of trained "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The goal of this to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards.

The SAFER Grant Program provides funding directly to fire departments and national, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters to assist them in increasing the number of firefighters to help fire departments meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to protect communities from fire and fire related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.

The SAFER Grant Program is comprised of two categories:

1) Hiring of Firefighters
-Including subcategories for rehiring, retention, attrition, and new hires.
-Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply.

2) Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters
-Combination fire departments, volunteer fire departments, and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to apply.

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GrantWatch ID#: 151508

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Projected Award Start Date(s): June 1, 2015
Projected Award End Date(s): September 30, 2015

Hiring of Firefighters Category: The period of performance will be 24 months for all grants awarded under this category.

Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Category: The period of performance will be between 12 and 48 months for all grants awarded under this category.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following may apply for a Hiring of Firefighters grant:
-Volunteer Fire Deparments
-Combination Fire Departments
-Career Fire Departments

The following may apply for a Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters grant:
-Volunteer Fire Department
-Combination Fire Department
-National, state, local or trival volunteer firefigher interest organization

The following entity types are NOT eligible to apply under this announcement:

-Federal fire departments and fire departments under contract to the Federal Government whose sole responsibility is the suppression of fires on federal installations or lands;

-For-profit fire departments and organizations (e.g., fire departments that do not have specific nonprofit status or that are not municipally based);

-Ambulance services, emergency medical service organizations, rescue squads, auxiliaries, dive teams, and urban search and rescue teams;

-Non-federal airport or port authority fire departments whose sole responsibility is suppression of fires on the airport grounds or port facilities, unless the airport/port fire department has a formally recognized arrangement with the local jurisdiction to provide fire suppression on a first-due basis outside the confines of the airport or port facilities;

-Fire stations that are part of, controlled by, or under the day-to-day operational direction of a larger fire department or agency, or that are not otherwise independent;

-State and local agencies, such as forest service, fire marshals, emergency management offices, hospitals, and training offices.

Pre-Application Information:

To receive a SAFER grant award, you must be registered and have up-to-date information in the online System for Award Management ( registration is required of all AFG Program applicants and awardees.

To register, please visit:

Follow the FAQs and User Guides for help in completing the registration process.

For more information on how to apply, see the guidelines and application checklist attached below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The Help Desk can be contacted at (866) 274-0960 or via e-mail at The Help Desk hours of operation during the application period are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EST), Monday through Friday.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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