Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants

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The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain 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 established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720). For details visit

FY 2013 Program Update

FY 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Award Announcements Are Underway. View award list

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FY 2013 SAFER Get Ready Guides

These guides will help you be prepared to answer Hiring, Recruitment and Retention application questions.

FY 2013 SAFER Grant Self-Evaluation Sheets

SAFER Self-Evaluation Sheets have been developed based on the scoring criteria used by peer reviewers. These tools will help you assess your organization's readiness to apply for a grant.

System for Award Management (SAM) Registration is Required to Apply or Receive a Grant Award

  • Applicants that have not completed the SAM registration process, or have not completed the required annual renewal and revalidation of data, will not be able to draw grant funds. Please click here to complete the SAM registration as soon as possible. For questions about SAM, contact your State Assigned Grants Management Specialists
  • As part of the registration process, every eligible grantee must have their account validated through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and have their CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) code validated in order to be eligible for award. These validations are conducted as part of the registration process after the organization has submitted their registration. A valid registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award.
  • is administered through the Government Services Administration (GSA). Technical assistance may be obtained through the Federal Service Desk at 866-606-8220.

SAFER Videos

Watch the following SAFER videos

  • SAFER Grant Recruitment and Retention Video
  • FY 2010 SAFER Grant Program Video

SAFER Grants Management 101 Webinar

Material from the SAFER Grants Management 101 Webinar for FY 2009/2010 is now available for download. (PDF 609kB, TXT 18kB)

  • Topics discussed include:
    • Periods of performance
    • Payment requests
    • Performance report requirements
Last Updated: 
03/13/2014 - 16:48