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SAFER - Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response

Grant Details:
Amount: $340,000,000
Open Date for Application: 02/09/2015
Application Due Date: March 2016 est.


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Check out our SAFER Hiring Program and Recruitment & Retention Program presentations for more on SAFER and useful tips when applying!

Purpose & Intent:

The goal of SAFER is to:

  • Assist local fire departments improve and restore staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies.
  • Improve ability of the fire departments to assemble a sufficient number of firefighters at a structure fire in compliance with NFPA 1710 and 1720
  • Assist fire departments ensure that all first-arriving apparatus are staffed with a minimum of four qualified personnel who are capable of initiating the suppression response
  • Improve firefighter safety by meeting minimum staffing guidelines

SAFER funds TWO program areas:

1. Hiring

Career, Volunteer, and Combination Fire Departments may apply for :

  • Hiring of new firefighters
  • Rehiring of laid-off firefighters
  • Retention of firefighters who may be laid-off in the future and/or filling positions left vacant through attrition that weren’t filled because of economic factors

2. Recruitment and Retention

Combination and Volunteer Fire Departments may apply for (as well as national, state. local, and tribal volunteer firefighter interest organizations):

  • Volunteer firefighter recruitment programs
  • Retention benefits and programs for volunteer firefighters

Grant writers fees can be covered by the grant under SAFER Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters category.

*Combination and Volunteer Fire Departments may apply for funding from both categories by submitting two separate applications, one for each category. But, an applicant may not submit two applications for the same category during a single application period.

Additional Details:

To apply, the department must be registered and have up-to-date information in the online System for Award Management (SAM) registration system. To register or check, please go to

Cost Match: none required

FEMA application website

Grant Writing Assistance

SAFER Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

SAFER 2014 Frequently Asked Questions

SAFER Application Checklist

SAFER 2014 Recruitment and Retention Application for National, State, Local, Tribal Volunteer Firefighters Interest Organizations

SAFER 2014 Self-Evaluation Sheet - Recruitment and Retention Application for Fire Departments

SAFER 2014 SAFER Self-Evaluation Sheet - Hiring Applications

Organization Information:
Organization: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Contact Information:
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 1-866-274-0960 (Help Desk)

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