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

Connect With Us

Contact the AFG Program Help Desk toll-free at 866-274-0960 or send an email to firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

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
International Association of Fire Chiefs, Inc. VA Recruitment and Retention $2,572,242
Pine Hill Fire Department NJ Hiring of Firefighters $347,550
San Francisco Fire Department CA Hiring of Firefighters $13,760,604
Frederick, County of MD Hiring of Firefighters $5,581,395
Cleveland, City of TX Hiring of Firefighters $2,348,163
West Palm Beach, City of FL Hiring of Firefighters $8,007,597
Yadkinville Volunteer Fire Dept NC Recruitment and Retention $309,084
Saratoga Springs, City of UT Hiring of Firefighters $2,209,059
Putnam, County of FL Hiring of Firefighters $2,358,553
Hudson, Town of NH Hiring of Firefighters $1,098,456
Riverside Fire Authority WA Hiring of Firefighters $1,308,736
Dekalb, County of GA Hiring of Firefighters $5,839,110
Bushnell's Basin Fire Association Inc NY Recruitment and Retention $70,807
City of Tucson AZ Hiring of Firefighters $5,409,480
Manteno, Village of IL Hiring of Firefighters $1,080,000
Toledo Fire Prevention Bureau OH Hiring of Firefighters $2,943,840
Fresno, County of (Inc) CA Hiring of Firefighters $3,132,324
Wyandotte County, Unified Government of KS Hiring of Firefighters $3,096,738
Middletown, Town of RI Hiring of Firefighters $1,761,288
Anaheim, City of CA Hiring of Firefighters $6,035,688
Last updated September 4, 2020