The SAFER Grant Program provides funding directly to fire departments and national, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters to assist them in increasing the number of firefighters to help fire departments meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to protect communities from fire and fire related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.
The SAFER Grant Program is comprised of two categories:
The goal of the SAFER Grant Program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. SAFER intends to improve or restore local fire departments staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced or restored staffing levels, grantees should see a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.
As of September 2, 2022, FEMA has made 29 awards totaling $19.3 million. Previous awards are available at: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/safer
The following entity types are NOT eligible to apply to SAFER:
Eligibility varies based on program area:
Applications are to be submitted by March 17, 2023. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.
Available funding up to $360,000,000 is available in total funding. 300 awards are expected to be made.
Usual annual costs include the base salary (exclusive of overtime) and standard benefits package (including the average health cost, dental, vision, FICA, life insurance, retirement/pension, etc.) offered by fire departments to first-year firefighters.