FY 2012 SAFER Grant Application Period Opens July 16
June 27, 2012 – The application period for Fiscal Year 2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants opens Monday, July 16, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. (EDT) and ends August 10, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). More than $337 million is available for FY 2012 grants to help fire departments rehire and retain fire fighters, as well as hire additional personnel.
Municipalities with fire departments facing reduced emergency response
capabilities in particular should apply for SAFER funding. The IAFF urges
affiliates to work with their fire chiefs and local lawmakers to file for the
grants. City management must submit the application, but the IAFF is available
to assist your community in applying for the grants.
Administered through FEMA, SAFER has put thousands of fire fighters back to
work, giving a much-needed boost to public safety in countless struggling
communities. SAFER waivers, which were first enacted in 2009, allow fire
departments to use SAFER grants to rehire fire fighters who have been laid off
and excuse a number of budgetary restrictions
under SAFER that fire departments struggle to meet in a weak economy.