Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) announced today that U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award $165 million for its "Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response" (SAFER) grant program. The application period for fiscal year (FY) 2008 will begin on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. EDT and will close on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
The grants awarded through the SAFER program give fire departments the ability to hire more firefighters by paying a portion of their salaries over a five year performance period. They also aid fire departments in the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. The program goal is to help fire departments attain 24 hour staffing, assuring that communities have adequate protection from fire-related incidents.
"Local firefighters are the first line of defense in safeguarding our communities," said Congressman Kingston. "These grants will help ensure our fire departments have an adequate number of staff on hand when responding to emergencies."
SAFER grant guidance and application materials are currently available for review at www.firegrantsupport.com. For additional information, please contact Chris Rizzuto at 202-786-9450, Andrew White at 202-786-9452 or Todd Sharpe at 202-646-3408.