Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

 

The goal of the SAFER Grant Program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
97.083
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 The goal of the SAFER Grant Program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. SAFER intends to improve local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.
Fiscal Year 2018 The goal of the SAFER Grant Program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. SAFER intends to improve local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.
Fiscal Year 2016 The goal of the SAFER Grant Program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. SAFER intends to improve or restore local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced or restored staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene. Provided grants funds to 379 fire departments and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters for the purpose of hiring new firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. The grant funds will assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Recipients should also experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.
Authorization
Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, Public Law 93-498, 15 U.S.C. 2229 et seq
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This program is restricted to the jurisdictions/organizations described in program guidance documents. For specific information, refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity. In summary, for the purpose of this program, "State" is defined as the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Alaska Village Initiative, a nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Alaska, shall also be considered eligible for purposes of receiving assistance under this program on behalf of Alaska Native villages. A "fire department" is defined as an agency or organization that has a formally recognized arrangement with a State, territory, local, or tribal authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression on a first-due basis to a population within a fixed geographical area. Fire departments may be comprised of members who are all volunteer, combination volunteer/career, or all career.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Local or tribal communities serviced by the fire department including, local businesses, homeowners and property owners.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicant must certify that they are an eligible applicant, i.e., a fire department, as described in program guidance documents. Refer to Notice of Funding Opportunity document for specific information.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/ Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Award Procedure
Applications or plans are peer reviewed and subsequently also reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to Notice of Funding Opportunity document.
Appeals
Applicants that receive an adverse decision or denial, can request reconsideration of the decision. Request for reconsideration must be submitted in writing, to the address contained on the program's website within 30 days of the notification of denial by the administering program office.
Renewals
None.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Not all fire departments will be eligible to apply. Training, equipment, over-time, and administrative expenses are not eligible under the Hiring of Firefighters Grant activity. Individuals seeking personal assistance are not eligible. This program is intended to assist fire departments and recognized organizations as identified in the program guidance document and application package; and only those fire departments and organizations as specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity are eligible. Funds may be used to recruit and hire firefighters, but cannot be used to retain or supplant (replace) the applicants funds budgeted for that purpose. Recipients must maintain pre-existing staffing levels and retain grant funded personnel throughout the period of performance. From FY 05 through FY 08, the funds were provided on a sliding scale, recipients must initially match 10 percent of the Federal share the first year. Recipient match increases by certain percentages in the second, third, and fourth years, culminating in 100 percent of personnel costs (per position), in the fifth year and beyond. In FY 09 -FY 15, there was no cap on the federal funds provided for each position and there was no matching requirement. In FY 16 and FY 17, the funds are provided on a sliding scale; recipients must match 25 percent of the Federal share in both the first and second years and 65 percent in the third year. Refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity for further information.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Refer to Notice of Funding Opportunity document
Auditing
These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
Records
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The hiring grants have a three year performance period for FY16 and FY 17. The recruitment and retention grants are made in one-year increments up to a possible four-year period of performance. Refer to Notice of Funding Opportunity for further details. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. Based on project need
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
SAFER grants are directed from the FEMA Headquarters Office. There are 10 regional offices in FEMA who provide monitoring and oversight of FEMA grantees.
Headquarters Office
Department of Homeland Security/FEMA
400 C Street, SW, 3N

Washington, DC 20742-3635 US
firegrants@fema.dhs.gov
Phone: (866) 274-0960
Website Address
http://www.fema.gov/firegrants
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0561-0-1-999
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$350,000,000.00; FY 19 est $350,000,000.00; FY 20 est $350,000,000.00; FY 17$345,000,000.00; FY 16$345,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to Notice of Funding Opportunity document.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
U.S.C. 2201 et seq.; Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.