Departments Clamor for SAFER Grants

August 2005
Fire Chief;Aug2005, Vol. 49 Issue 8, p18
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The article reports that nearly 3,000 fire departments in the U.S. submitted applications for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants, requesting more than $1.1 billion in federal funds. According to an early number posted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in July 2005, the request is about 17 times the $65 million available in 2005. The overwhelming majority of the grant applications asked for funding to hire firefighters, about $835 million, versus $158 million for a combination of hiring and recruitment and retention projects, and $147 million for only recruitment and retention. For hiring firefighters, SAFER provides five-year grants with a maximum federal contribution of $100,000, spread over four years. Combination fire departments with more volunteers than career personnel submitted the largest number of applications for SAFER, 1,020.


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