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    My Dept was awarded a 2007 SAFER for hiring firefighters. The municipality now has a budget shortfall. If they were to layoff firefighters (the SAFER funded positions are the junior guys) would the municipality have to refund fema the 200k+ that they have already received. We are almost completed 2 yrs of the 5 yr performance period. Is there a waiver process or another way for them to get out of refunding the money? No doubt they will cry poor to the fed in an attempt to get out of it. Are there any similar cases that have happened like this?
    At this point they are not sure what dept in town will be impacted by layoffs but we want to do our homework. It would be nice to know that they will have to repay the money thus preventing the layoffs.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRCjersey View Post
    My Dept was awarded a 2007 SAFER for hiring firefighters. The municipality now has a budget shortfall. If they were to layoff firefighters (the SAFER funded positions are the junior guys) would the municipality have to refund fema the 200k+ that they have already received. We are almost completed 2 yrs of the 5 yr performance period. Is there a waiver process or another way for them to get out of refunding the money? No doubt they will cry poor to the fed in an attempt to get out of it. Are there any similar cases that have happened like this?
    At this point they are not sure what dept in town will be impacted by layoffs but we want to do our homework. It would be nice to know that they will have to repay the money thus preventing the layoffs.
    Thanks!
    From the 2007 PG:

    SAFER grants are intended to supplement grantees’ staffing, NOT supplant grantees’ staffing. If awarded under the Hiring of Firefighters Activity, grantees must retain a level of staffing that is equal to the level of staffing at the time of application, in addition to the staffing of the SAFER-funded positions. Grantees that fail to maintain this level of staffing risk losing the Federal funds awarded under this grant.
    By accepting the award, the Town has to complete it as written otherwise they will be penalized for the funds already obtained. Other departments that have defaulted on thier grant have been forced to repay.

    There is a waiver, but only applies to SAFER grants since late 2009.

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