May 27 is new FY2019 NEW SAFER Application Period Deadline

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

In recognition of the economic hardships facing local jurisdictions and fire departments across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf has waived the cost share, position cost limit, supplanting, and minimum budget requirements for FY19 SAFER grant applicants. For more information, see Information Bulletin 450 which can be found here.  In addition, the application period is being extended to May 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET. 

Please note: Funds under the FY 2019 SAFER Hiring of Firefighters Activity must be used to hire new, additional firefighters, and the costs to hire those firefighters must be at the usual annual costs of a first-year (i.e., entry-level) firefighter. This requirement has not been waived.

Additionally, the waiver of the requirements identified above does not apply to the FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) or to the FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant – COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S).

In consideration of the economic impact of the pandemic, Acting Secretary Wolf has also authorized waivers for certain provisions of the FY 2020 SAFER Grant Program. DHS/FEMA will provide more details on the FY 2020 changes soon.

Applicants no longer need to request an economic hardship waiver within the FY 2019 online application. If you have already submitted your FY 2019 application, no further action is needed at this time. The waiver of these provisions and the adjustments to the requested amount will be handled by the SAFER Program Office during their technical review of applications.

If you have not yet submitted your application, please note that the applications will continue to show the cost share/position cost limit. However, as stated above, there is nothing additional that applicants need to do regarding these provisions. The adjustment will be made by the SAFER Program Office.

The FEMA Grant Outcomes (GO) system automatically records proof of timely submission and the system generates an electronic date/time stamp when FEMA GO successfully receives the application. The individual with the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) role that submitted the application will also receive the official date/time stamp and a FEMA GO tracking number in an email serving as proof of their timely submission. Applications received by FEMA GO after the extended application submission deadline will be deemed as late and typically will not be considered for funding.


DHS/FEMA will not review applications that are received after the extended deadline or consider them for funding except in cases where a technical problem outside of the applicant’s control prevented submission of the application by the deadline.

Firefighter jobs, hiring and recruiting: FY 2019 SAFER Fire Grant open for applications Apr. 13-May 27, 2020

Firefighters

FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant

UPDATE: Deadline extended to May 27, 2020!

$350,000,000 fire grant for firefighter jobs, hiring, and recruitment for fire departments

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

NOFO Number: DHS-19-GPD-083-000-99

Grant Application Period:

Opens Monday, April 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. ET
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020 May 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Increase the number of firefighters in your fire department

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program focuses on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

The SAFER program accomplishes this by providing funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to assist in increasing the number of firefighters to help communities meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.

What this grant does for your agency

SAFER offers grants to support projects in 2 areas:

  1. Hiring of Firefighters Activity is to hire new, additional firefighters to improve staffing levels or changing the status of part-time or paid-on-call firefighters to full-time firefighters.
  2. Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity is to assist fire departments with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters who are involved with or trained in the operations of firefighting and emergency response.

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant receive funds to help their department recruit and hire firefighters.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $350,000,000

Expected Number of Awards: 300

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EST, May 15 27, 2020.

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Final Rounds of FY 2018 AFG, SAFER Fire Grant Winners Announced?

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

In what are expected to be the final award rounds for FY 2018 SAFER and AFG, 221 US Fire Service Organizations have received a total of $35,760,094 in fire grant awards.

During Round 8 AFG fire grants, $34,897,561 was awarded to 214 fire departments, including:

  • Friends Of Long Lake Fire Ems, Inc., Long Lake, WI, Operations and Safety, $6,190
  • HI-NELLA FIRE CO, SOMERDALE, NJ, Regional Request, $14,286
  • Nashua, City of, Nashua, IA, Vehicle Acquisition, $80,952
  • Upper, Township of, WOODBINE, NJ, Operations and Safety, $548,095
  • BOLTON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT, BOLTON, NC, Regional Request, $846,542
  • SPECULATOR, VILLAGE OF , SPECULATOR, NY, Vehicle Acquisition, $928,571

During the final round of 8 SAFER fire job grants, 8 fire departments were awarded a total of $862,533 for recruitment, hiring, and retention of firefighters:

  • City Of Savannah, Savannah, GA, Hiring of firefighters, $2,138,478
  • City of South Fulton, INC, Atlanta, GA, Hiring of firefighters, $2,242,500
  • Chillicothe Community Fire Protection District, Chillicothe, IL, Recruitment and retention, $200,000
  • WARE, TOWN OF, WARE, MA, Recruitment and retention, $90,000
  • Goose Creek Rural Fire Department Inc , Goose Creek, SC, Recruitment and retention, $552,258
  • HOPKINS, COUNTY OF, SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX, Hiring of firefighters, $243,429
  • Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority, Kent, WA, Hiring of firefighters, $948,192
  • YODER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 5A, YODER, WY, Recruitment and retention, $485,410

Application periods for FY 2019 AFG, SAFER, and FP&S programs will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to First Responder Grants for updates.

7 First Responder Grants Clients Win $1,073,179 in AFG, SAFER FY 2018 Fire Grant Awards

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

From coast to coast, 7 First Responder Grants clients won a combined $1,073,179 in fire grants from the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). These awards were announced as part of the 325 Rounds 4 and 5 AFG fire grant awards and the 123 SAFER fire jobs grant awards announced Sept. 11 and 13, 2019.

This week’s winners included:

5 AFG awardees, for a total of $311,512:

  • Ross Township, OH, SCBA Compressor, $63,012
  • Herculaneum, MO, Washer/Extractor, Structural Turnout Gear, $83,700
  • Hualapai NES, AZ, Washer extractor/structural turnout gear, $70,300
  • Fort Lee FD, NJ, SCBA, $55,500
  • Southwick FD, MA, Hydraulic Rescue Tools, $39,000

2 SAFER awardees, for a total of $761,667:

  • Dwight Fire Protection District, IL, $283,000
  • Waxahachie FD, TX, $478,667

AFG and SAFER fire grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“In addition to equipment, training, and facilities, FEMA fire grants can also help Fire Service Organizations recruit, hire, and retain personnel,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “SAFER can make a big difference for departments trying to boost their rosters. These winners are a reminder that any department, big or small, anywhere in the country, can make their way to a grant’s winner’s circle.”

About First Responder Grants

Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing traininggrant consulting, and the latest news and tips and news for writing winning grant applications. Since 1998, our Certified Grants Consultants have helped public safety agencies like yours win over $2,000,000,000 in grant funding. Our grant writing training students learn to write competitive grants that bring home additional funding dollars to your agency, but that’s not all. Students receiving First Responder Grants training in grant writing maintain a documented +80% success rate at winning a grant award after attending our classes—many on their very first application.

Will the border wall take your fire grant funding? New law says no

FDs, if you’ve been worried about grant funding getting reallocated for the border wall, some recent news should set you at ease.

President Trump has signed into law the Consolidated Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Act. This $333 billion spending package includes multi-million dollar increases to many grant programs. Here’s a breakdown of funding levels for various grants and agencies:

 * AFG and SAFER have been funded at $350M FOR EACH PROGRAM, which is level funding from 2018

 * State Fire Assistance program funded at $81 million, which is up $1 million from FY18

 * State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) funded at $525 million, which is $18 million up from FY18

 * United States Fire Administration (USFA) funded at $44.179 million (plus another $1.5 million for National Fire Academy infrastructure improvements). FY18 funding was $42.9 million

 * Urban Area Search and Rescue System funded at $45.18 million, which is $10.15 million up from FY18

 * Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funded at $640 million, which is $10 million up from FY18

* Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program funded at $17 million, which is $1 million up from FY18

The upshot?

These crucial grant programs are healthy. You can safely ignore any doom-and-gloom nonsense circulating in the media or around the station table.

If you haven’t already, get working on those SAFER applications, start prepping for FY19 AFG, and look into any other Federal program that might benefit your department.

Congress and the President have done their job on allocating the funds. Now it’s your turn to get to work on winning those grants!

FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

$350,000,000 in fire jobs grants

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application Period: 8:00 a.m. ET, Friday, February 15, 2019 — 5:00 p.m. ET., Friday, March 22, 2019

NOFO Number: DHS-18-GPD-083-000-99

300 awards estimated for US Fire Service Organizations

The purpose of the SAFER Grant Program is to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to assist in increasing the number of firefighters to help communities meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.

The objective of the SAFER grant program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to respond to emergencies and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Local fire departments accomplish this by improving staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.

Kurt says…

These are the areas where the NOFO indicated that the information is different from previous years

Applicants may now request to waive the position cost limit for new firefighters.

Pursuant to IB 427, applicants must indicate when they apply for an award whether they are requesting a waiver and what requirement they seek to waive.

The simplified acquisition threshold increased to $250,000.

The definition of “new recruit.”

Updated prioritization and eligibility tables.

What this grant does for your agency

Although not required for a SAFER grant, it is preferable that the enhanced staffing levels of all SAFER recipients should ensure that all first-arriving apparatus are staffed with a minimum of four qualified personnel (to meet National Fire Protection Association.

(NFPA) 1710/1720 standards) who are capable of initiating the suppression response. Ultimately, SAFER recipients should achieve more efficient responses and safer incident scenes, thereby ensuring communities have improved protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

SAFER offers grants to support projects in two activities. This NOFO provides potential eligible applicants with application requirements and details for processing and evaluating applications for financial assistance for both of these activity areas:

Hiring of Firefighters Activity is to hire new, additional firefighters to improve staffing levels or changing the status of part-time or paid-on-call firefighters to full-time firefighters

Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity is to assist fire departments with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters who are involved with or trained in the operations of firefighting and emergency response

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) receive funds to recruit and hire firefighters.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded:

Available funding for the NOFO: $350,000,000

Projected number of Awards: 300

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, Mar. 22, 2019.

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Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-18-GPD-083-000-99

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JUST ANNOUNCED! FY 2018 SAFER Application Period: Feb. 15–Mar. 22, 2019

The FY 2018 SAFER application period will open on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Start planning your FY 2018 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and Economic Hardship Waivers Information Bulletin (IB), and technical assistance tools below. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2018 applications ahead of the application period. The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

SAFER Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

Round 10 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 10 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 18 fire service hiring grants totaling $19,655,982, including:

  • Garfield Fire Department, Garfield, NJ, Recruitment, $88,000
  • Micro Volunteer Fire Department, Micro, NC, Recruitment, $213,792
  • Mason County Fire District #4, Shelton, WA, Hiring, $336,753
  • Hardin County Emergency Services District #2, Lumberton, TX, Hiring, $488,874
  • Pelham Fire Department, Pelham, NH, Hiring, $682,991
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs, Fairfax, VA, Recruitment, $1,017,513
  • Pelham Fire Department, Pelham, AL, Hiring, $1,334,465
  • Gila River Indian Community Fire Department, Chandler, AZ, Hiring, $2,565,469
  • University City Fire Department, University City, MO, Hiring, $1,914,395
  • Coppell Fire Department, Coppell, TX, Hiring, $2,893,637

Subsequent SAFER fire jobs grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest SAFER fire grant news.

Round 9 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 9 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 24 fire service hiring grants totaling $14,121,763, including:

  • Abingdon Fire Company, Inc., Abingdon, MD, Recruitment, $98,200
  • City of Girard Fire Department, Girard, OH, Hiring, $281,247
  • Hazleton Fire Department, Hazleton, PA, Hiring, $360,612
  • South Pasadena Fire Department, South Pasadena, FL, Hiring, $453,941
  • Metro North Fire Protection District, St. Louis , MO, Hiring, $754,800
  • City of Kennewick Fire Department, Kennewick, WA, Hiring, $2,338,881
  • Graham Fire & Rescue, Graham, WA, Hiring, $3,570,493

Subsequent SAFER fire jobs grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest SAFER fire grant news.

Round 8 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 8 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 96 fire service hiring grants totaling $90,892,746, including:

  • Village of Elmira Heights Fire Department, Elmira Heights, NY, Recruitment, $9,000
  • Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department , Blacksburg, SC, Recruitment, $46,000
  • Indian River Volunteer Fire Company, Millsboro, DE, Recruitment, $125,788
  • Steven’s County Fire Protection Dist. 1, Clayton, WA, Recruitment, $318,000
  • Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Scott Depot, WV, Hiring, $504,574
  • York County Fire and Life Safety, Yorktown, VA, Hiring, $698,314
  • Union City Fire Department, Union City, GA, Hiring, $841,750
  • Danville Fire Department, Danville, IL, Hiring, $1,143,101
  • Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Las Vegas, NV, Hiring, $2,297,185
  • Memphis Fire Department, Memphis, TN, Hiring, $8,111,959

Subsequent SAFER fire jobs grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest SAFER fire grant news.