SAFER Grants Awarded to 128 Departments

Departments will use the funds to hire and retain firefighters as well as recruitment efforts.

On Friday, FEMA announced that 128 departments across the country were awarded SAFER grants.

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In addition to hiring and retaining career firefighters, the grant money is used for recruitment efforts by volunteer departments.

The goal of SAFER is to enhance fire departments' abilities to comply
with staffing, response and operational standards. During these tough economic times, the federal money will enable many cities to maintain their forces.