The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the application period for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program will open on Monday, February 8 at 8:00 AM ET and close on Friday, March 12, at 5:00 PM ET.
Congress appropriated $355 million for the SAFER program to improve operational staffing for career, volunteer, and combination fire departments. The funds can be used by fire departments for a Hiring Activity for career firefighters or a Recruitment and Retention Activity for volunteer firefighters.
There are no cost-share, match, position cost limit requirements nor maintenance of expenditure requirements for these grants. In addition, the Hiring Activity supports the hiring of new firefighters; the change of status of part-time/paid-on-call firefighters to full-time status; the rehire of laid-off firefighters; and the retention of firefighters facing layoffs.