DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OPENS APPLICATION PERIOD FOR STAFFING FOR
ADEQUATE FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES (SAFER) GRANTS

July 27, 2007 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today the
Program Guidance document for the FY2007 SAFER Grants at the website for
the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program -
www.firegrantsupport.com. Under the Department of Homeland Security
Appropriations Act of 2007, Congress appropriated $115 million for SAFER
Grants. DHS has also made available today an online applicant tutorial,
Frequently Asked Questions and other materials to assist applicants in
their preparation of competitive applications for these grants.

Beginning July 30, 2007, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin accepting applications for SAFER
Grants. The deadline for receipt of the SAFER Grant applications will be
5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 31, 2007.

The applications will be automated and will be accessible from the website
for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program at
www.firegrantsupport.com. The website also provides useful information on
the SAFER Grants' priorities and processes that are discussed in the
Program Guidance. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available, and
will be updated, as the program staff learns about the areas of inquiry.
An applicant tutorial on the SAFER Grant, designed to instruct users
regarding the preparation and submittal of competitive applications, is
also now available at www.firegrantsupport.com. Applicants who have
questions regarding the SAFER Grant opportunities should contact the help
desk at 1-866-274-0960 or at firegrants@dhs.gov. During the SAFER
application period, the help desk will operate Monday to Friday, from 8:00
am to 4:30 pm (EDT), but is prepared to revise hours of operation based on
volume and demand.

Eligible applicants for SAFER Grants include fire departments (for the
hiring of firefighters) and state or local organizations as well as
volunteer and combination fire departments (for volunteer recruitment and
retention grants). Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the SAFER
Program Guidance, and utilize all other assistance materials available on
the AFG Website.

The SAFER Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security's
Federal Emergency Management Agency.