The SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant program is a federal initiative created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer fire departments in order to help them increase the number of trained, “front-line” firefighters available in their communities. Paid, or “career,” fire departments may apply for the portion of the SAFER grant that may be used to hire new firefighters and, in some cases, rehire firefighters who were recently laid off by the department. Volunteer fire departments may apply for this grant money as well, or for grant money to assist with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters, or both.

The application period for this grant ends on December 18, 2009. For more information and to apply, please visit the FEMA Web site for this grant at

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