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SAFER - Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response

Grant Details:
Amount: $340 Million
Application Due Date: August 2014 est

Description: 

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Purpose & Intent

  • The goal of SAFER is to “improve and restore” fire departments staffing so they may more effectively respond to and mitigate 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 in reaching 4 person staffing on first-arriving suppression unit for structure fires as listed in OSHA 1910.
  • Improve firefighter safety by meeting minimum staffing guidelines.

SAFER funds TWO program areas:

1. Hiring

Eligibility:
Career 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

Eligible Project Examples:
Here are some of the projects career/combination departments can get funding for from this grant:

  • Salaries
  • Associated benefits (actual payroll expenses)

2. Recruitment and Retention

Eligibility:
Combination and Volunteer Fire Departments may apply for:

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

Combination Fire Departments may apply for funding from both categories by submitting two separate applications, one for each category.

Eligible Project Examples:
Here are some of the projects volunteer/combination departments can get funding for from this grant:

  • Exercise program costs
  • Insurance packages such as accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), disability, health, dental, life, etc
  • Reimbursement to the member for attending required basic training, i.e., compensation for lost wages, mileage, lodging, per diem.
  • Marketing costs to recruit new volunteer members
  • Physicals (may be eligible if the applicant can adequately demonstrate that the provision of the physicals would enhance the applicant’s ability to recruit and/or retain volunteer firefighters) , must meet NFPA 1582
  • Explorer, cadet, and/or mentoring programs.
  • Staffing needs assessment
  • Tuition assistance for higher education (including college tuition) and professional certifications. Note: Coursework or certifications in this category should be above and beyond what the department typically funds for required minimum-staffing firefighter certification
  • Length of service awards and other retirement benefits

Match: none required

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2013 Guidance

Prepare to apply to SAFER 2013 with these helpful guides!

2013 SAFER General Get Ready Guide

2013 SAFER Hiring General Get Ready Guide

2013 SAFER Recruitment & Retention Fire Departments Get Ready Guide

2013 SAFER Recruitment & Retention Interest Organizations Get Ready Guide

2013 SAFER Recruitment & Retention Interest Organizations Self Evaluation

2013 SAFER Hiring Self Evaluation

2013 SAFER Recruitment & Retention Fire Departments Self Evaluation


Organization Information:
Organization: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
Website: http://www.dhs.gov/

Contact Information:
Contact Email: firegrants@dhs.gov
Contact Phone: 1-866-274-0960 (Help Desk)

More Information:
http://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants


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