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SAFER - Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response

Grant Details:
Amount: 345,000,000
Open Date for Application: November 2016 est.
Application Due Date: November 2016 est.


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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 SAM.gov.

Cost Match: none required

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Application Checklist

Self-Evaluation – Hiring of Firefighters

Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Fire Departments

Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Interest Organizations

Economic Hardship Supplemental Information – Hiring of Firefighters


SAFER Application Guidance Materials


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)

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