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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
Riverbank CA Hiring of Firefighters $1,604,466
Shreveport LA Hiring of Firefighters $2,458,575
Portsmouth RI Hiring of Firefighters $2,240,760
Los Gatos CA Recruitment and Retention $649,800
Hagerstown MD Hiring of Firefighters $8,080,776
Rockwall TX Hiring of Firefighters $3,041,614
Aspen CO Recruitment and Retention $1,298,384
Hillsboro MO Hiring of Firefighters $1,011,600
Fort Worth TX Hiring of Firefighters $9,556,320
Lehigh Acres FL Hiring of Firefighters $7,952,678
Bedford NH Hiring of Firefighters $1,071,724
Charlottesville VA Hiring of Firefighters $3,498,300
Homer GA Hiring of Firefighters $1,387,224
North Las Vegas NV Hiring of Firefighters $4,724,580
Avondale AZ Hiring of Firefighters $3,090,402
Hillside IL Hiring of Firefighters $1,430,820
Wintersville OH Hiring of Firefighters $1,045,008
Phoenix AZ Hiring of Firefighters $8,581,814
Last updated September 4, 2020