DHS has awarded more than $12 million in SAFER grants, and more are expected to be announced before the end of the month. SAFER applications are being prioritized so that fire departments that have had layoffs are getting the highest priority and receiving their funding first. The news couldn’t come any sooner for Akron, OH Local 330 members. The 38 fire fighters laid off in October will be back on the job, thanks to this funding. Read more about the latest SAFER awards and see the list of fire departmentsthat have received a FY 2009 SAFER grant so far.