May 12 2008

Shelby: Applications Available for Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala) today announced that the application period for the fiscal year 2008 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program (SAFER) will open on May 27, 2008, and will close on June 27, 2008. The grant program is offered through U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“It is critical that our first responders receive the necessary training and are equipped with the tools they need to protect our citizens,” said Shelby.  “The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant program helps fire departments across Alabama recruit and retain firefighters so that they will be prepared to ensure the safety of our communities.  I encourage fire departments to seek federal assistance by completing an application to the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program before the June 27, 2008, deadline.”

The SAFER program provides assistance to fire departments to increase the number of frontline firefighters. The goal is for fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities and to ultimately attain 24-hour staffing, thus assuring that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

The DHS will accept applications through Friday, June 27, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.  For more information or to obtain an application for the SAFER Program visit www.firegrantssupport.com.