Office of Homeland Security
2010 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants Application Period Opens

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 17, 2010  
Contact Information:  Michael Embry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2010) --  Kentucky’s fire departments have between now and Sept. 17 to apply for FY 2010 SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


SAFER grants are administered by the DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate.


In 2010, Congress appropriated $420 million to carry out SAFER grant activities. The goal is to enhance local fire departments’ abilities in complying with staffing, response, and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).


“This potential assistance can aid fire departments in the Commonwealth through the hiring of firefighters and by recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters,” said Tom Preston, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. “This will benefit and enhance protection of communities during fire and fire-related events as well as man-made and natural disasters.”


The Program Guidance document for the FY 2010 SAFER Grants is posted on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program website,


The SAFER grant e-applications are automated and accessible through the website at and the U.S. Fire Administration website at




EDITOR’S NOTE: Additional information is available through an applicant tutorial from the AFG Program website at It offers valuable grant information and walks applicants through the preparation and submittal of competitive applications. In addition, the applicant tutorial provides an overview of the funding priorities and evaluation criteria.


Applicants who have questions regarding the SAFER Grants opportunity should contact the help desk at 1-866-274-0960 or e-mail During the application period, the help desk will operate Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.