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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.

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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.

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
Flagler, County of FL Hiring of Firefighters $3,256,070
City of Carson City NV Hiring of Firefighters $3,613,711
Pullman, City of WA Hiring of Firefighters $1,165,302
Waterloo, City of IA Hiring of Firefighters $1,010,772
Yonkers, City of NY Hiring of Firefighters $11,580,930
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District AZ Hiring of Firefighters $1,316,073
Clay Township IN Hiring of Firefighters $2,110,050
Euclid, City of OH Hiring of Firefighters $1,826,478
Clovis, City of CA Hiring of Firefighters $3,989,655
Wakefield, Town of MA Hiring of Firefighters $1,105,668
Woonsocket, City of RI Hiring of Firefighters $1,874,976
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