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Staffing For Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

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, review the National Fire Protection Association's codes and standards.

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FY21 SAFER Application Closed


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Submit, approve and manage FEMA grants on our platform, FEMA GO, or view our FEMA GO user guides to learn more.

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Contact the AFG Program Help Desk toll-free at 866-274-0960 or send an email to

Fire Program Specialists in FEMA’s regions respond to questions about the program and conduct grant monitoring activities. View regional contacts.

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Use the table below to search for awards by organization or program name, sort by state or filter by year.

Organization State Program Award Amount Award Date Sort ascending
Autauga County Firefighters Assoc. Inc. AL Recruitment and Retention $620,678
Liberty Fire District, Inc. FL Recruitment and Retention $585,704
Hazelwood, City of MO Hiring of Firefighters $2,915,007
Syracuse, City of NY Hiring of Firefighters $3,237,125
Capital Region Council of Governments PA Recruitment and Retention $2,205,000
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District CA Hiring of Firefighters $11,496,721
Dekalb, City of IL Hiring of Firefighters $2,721,256
Cool Springs Volunteer Fire Department Inc NC Recruitment and Retention $280,320
Flower Hill Hose Co. No. 1 NY Recruitment and Retention $105,780
Windham Township Volunteer Fire Co PA Recruitment and Retention $35,254
Cambria Fire Department CA Hiring of Firefighters $1,050,294
Petersburg City Hall IN Recruitment and Retention $489,256
Pactolus Volunteer Fire Dept NC Recruitment and Retention $133,288
Fremont Volunteer Fire Department #1, Inc. NY Recruitment and Retention $28,656
Memphis, City of TN Hiring of Firefighters $10,795,984
California State Firefighters' Association CA Recruitment and Retention $2,090,300
Boston, City of MA Hiring of Firefighters $24,154,518
Red Oak Community Rural Fire Dept., Inc. NC Recruitment and Retention $202,330
Trotwood, City of OH Hiring of Firefighters $2,583,621
Louisa, County of VA Hiring of Firefighters $1,897,410