FEMA has announced that the SAFER application period will open on Monday, March 26 and close on Friday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. This year’s allocation is $345 million for recruitment and retention activities, as well as hiring additional firefighters. Volunteer and combination departments can apply under either activity. Career departments may only apply under the hiring activity. Regional applications may be submitted by combination and volunteer departments for recruiting and retention assistance. Regional applications may not be submitted for hiring activities.

Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so, such as those under the support of the municipality or district. The municipality or fire district may submit only one application for hiring per application period for each eligible fire department within the municipality or fire district. Read More...