By: Press Release
By: Press Release

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala) today announced that the application period for the fiscal year 2009 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program (SAFER) will open on Monday, November 16, 2009, and will close on Friday, December 18, 2009.

The grant program is offered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Our nation’s firefighters are true first responders and it is critical that they have the personnel necessary to fully protect our communities,” 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 December 18, 2009, 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, December 18, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

For more information or to obtain an application for the SAFER Program visit

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