SAFER Grants Announced

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced awards of over $5.1 million for the Fiscal Year 2006 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER) awarding 3 grants to fire departments throughout the United States.

The purpose of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants is to help fire departments increase the number of frontline firefighters. The goal is for fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities and ultimately attain 24-hour staffing, thus assuring that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

The SAFER grants support two specific activities: (1) the hiring of firefighters, and (2) recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. The hiring of firefighters activity provides grants to pay for part of the salaries of newly hired firefighters over the 5-year program.

SAFER is part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and is under the purview of the Office of Grants and Training of the Department of Homeland Security.

Fire departments having questions regarding the SAFER Grants can reach the Department of Homeland Security/Preparedness Directorate's Office of Grants Training (PDOGT) AFG Program staff at 1-866-274-0960, or via email at firegrants@dhs.gov. For the most current information regarding these grant awards, and any of the many other projects, visit this site or enroll in the DHS/PDOGT firegrantsupport.com email newsletter for the most current news releases from the PDOGT.

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