May 27 2005


WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the application period for the fiscal year 2005 Staffing and Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Firefighter Hiring Program will open on Tuesday, May 31 and will close on Tuesday, June 28, 2005. This grant program is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of State and Local Government Coordination.

Sen. Shelby said, “I encourage those fire departments looking for assistance in hiring firefighters and in recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters to apply for the SAFER program. It is critical that our first responders have the necessary manpower to address the needs of our communities. I am pleased that these grants will be available, and I am hopeful that many fire departments across Alabama will take advantage of this opportunity.”

The SAFER Firefighter Hiring Program provides financial assistance to local fire departments for the purpose of hiring additional front-line firefighters and to support recruitment and retention programs aimed at the volunteer fire service. SAFER grants are used to enhance a fire department’s ability to attain 24-hour staffing and to ensure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Volunteer departments, combination departments and local or statewide organizations that represent the interest of volunteer firefighters are eligible to apply for assistance.

For more information or to apply for a SAFER Firefighter Hiring Program visit or call the DHS Fire Grant Help Desk at their toll free number (866) 274-0960, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT.

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