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

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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
Banks, County of GA Hiring of Firefighters $1,387,224
North Las Vegas, City of NV Hiring of Firefighters $4,724,580
Avondale, City of AZ Hiring of Firefighters $3,090,402
Hillside, Village of IL Hiring of Firefighters $1,430,820
Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department OH Hiring of Firefighters $1,045,008
Phoenix, City of AZ Hiring of Firefighters $8,581,814
Lakes of The Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force, Inc., The IN Recruitment and Retention $235,300
Warminster, Township of PA Hiring of Firefighters $1,767,963
Murrieta, City of CA Hiring of Firefighters $2,012,193
Webster, Town of MA Hiring of Firefighters $1,320,464
Rapid City, City of SD Hiring of Firefighters $1,128,114
Marin, County of CA Hiring of Firefighters $4,321,134
Roseville, City of (Inc) MN Hiring of Firefighters $1,875,050
Pharr, City of TX Hiring of Firefighters $1,475,883
Lauderhill, City of FL Hiring of Firefighters $4,739,364
Waxhaw Community Volunteer Fire Department And Res NC Hiring of Firefighters $1,825,380
Albemarle, County of VA Hiring of Firefighters $1,939,680
Flagler, County of FL Hiring of Firefighters $3,256,070