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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FY 2023 SAFER Update

The FY 23 SAFER application period will open March 11, 2024, at 8 a.m. ET and close April 12, 2024, at 5 p.m. ET. 

The FY 23 SAFER Notice of Funding Opportunity is now available. Additional application guidance materials will posted on the SAFER Documents page.


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

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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
Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District FL Hiring of Firefighters $1,144,010
City of Provo UT Hiring of Firefighters $3,335,990
Huntley Fire Protection District IL Recruitment and Retention $1,139,200
City of Easthampton MA Hiring of Firefighters $1,500,196
City of Lexington NC Hiring of Firefighters $5,404,064
City of Franklin Division of Fire & Ems OH Hiring of Firefighters $3,291,885
Upper Merion Township PA Hiring of Firefighters $3,666,331
Santa Rosa, City of CA Hiring of Firefighters $7,084,440
City of New Braunfels TX Hiring of Firefighters $3,423,383
Bettendorf, City of IA Hiring of Firefighters $2,053,398
Oregon Area Fire Ems District WI Recruitment and Retention $239,649
City of Olathe KS Hiring of Firefighters $3,381,563
Westland Public Service Department MI Hiring of Firefighters $5,709,867
Springfield Township OH Hiring of Firefighters $1,947,870
Lawrence Township Volunteer Fire Company 1 PA Recruitment and Retention $2,439,860
City of Montebello CA Hiring of Firefighters $5,650,875
Whitesville Rural Volunteer Fire Dept, The SC Hiring of Firefighters $2,146,931
City of Melbourne FL Hiring of Firefighters $3,317,959
International Association of Fire Chiefs, Inc VA Recruitment and Retention $2,667,697
Zion City Fire Station IL Hiring of Firefighters $2,180,284
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