FEMA announced Friday that 32 departments across the country will receive SAFER grants.
California came out on top, receiving eight.
The SAFER program was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer
firefighter interest organizations in order to help them
increase the number of trained, front line firefighters
available in their communities.
The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply
with staffing, response and operational standards.
The new application period opens July 16 and ends Aug. 10.