The FY 2011 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant application is now open and will run until Friday, February 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm (EST).

Congress has approved $742.5 million in SAFER funding to rehire and retain fire fighters, as well as to hire additional personnel.

The SAFER program has already put more than 5,000 fire fighters back to work, giving a much needed boost to public safety in countless struggling communities.

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 applications but the IAFF is available to assist your community in applying for grants.

For more information, contact the Grants Administration Department at (202) 824-8631 or email [email protected].