Biden Signs Bill Reauthorizing SAFER, AFG Grant Programs

July 10, 2024
Firefighters and responders have lobbied legislators for two years to get the bi-partisan measure passed.

The tenacity of firefighters and responders paid off Tuesday when President Joe Biden signed a law reauthorizing federal funding.

"Today, I signed the Fire Grants and Safety Act, a bill that'll allow our communities to hire more firefighters and provide first responders with the safety they deserve," Biden said.

Leaders from the various fire service organizations came together to lobby legislators on noth sides of the aisle to pass the measure that extended the FIRE Act and SAFER programs. Without it, the grants would have ended on Sept. 30.

Specifically, according to Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) officials, the bill Biden signed:

  •  Reauthorizes the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs through fiscal year 2028,
  • Reauthorizes the U.S. Fire Administration through fiscal year 2028, and
  • Extends the sunset date for AFG and SAFER to September 30, 2030

Biden got the bill after the Senate passed it 88-2 in mid June while the measure passed by a 393-13 vote in the House. 

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Susan Nicol | News Editor

Susan Nicol is the news editor for She is a life member and active with the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Company, Oxford Fire Company and Brunswick Vol. Fire Co. Susie has been an EMT in Maryland since 1976. Susie is vice-president of the Frederick County Fire/Rescue Museum. She is on the executive committee of Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association. She also is part of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) Region II EMS Council. Susie is a board member of the American Trauma Society, Maryland Division. Prior to joining the Firehouse team, she was a staff writer for The Frederick News-Post, covering fire, law enforcement, court and legislative issues. 

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