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AFRD Receives $9.8 Million in Federal Funding to Hire 75 New Firefighters
AFRD Receives $9.8 Million in Federal Funding to Hire 75 New Firefighters

February 22, 2011-- Today, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department received a S.A.F.E.R. (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant totaling $9.8 million from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A).  The department received an official notification that the September 17, 2010 application for 75 sworn members was approved by the Department of Homeland Security and F.E.M.A.  The award will provide:

  • an increase in staffing and enhanced efficiencies on emergency incidents by providing four firefighters to staff each fire apparatus;
  • enhanced overall safety of citizens and firefighters; and,
  • reduced multiple fire station responses to emergency scenes, which include additional staffing and equipment for  2nd and 3rd Alarms.  

"The SAFER Grant accelerates our strategic plan for increasing staffing levels providing better Emergency Medical System, rescue, and fire suppression outcomes, while also enhancing firefighter safety and morale,” said Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.  “As of today, we are working diligently to assure that this opportunity to enhance our City’s future service levels are driven by our Mission and our Values which are fundamentally aligned with Mayor Kasim Reed’s five City-wide priorities- A Safe City, A Financially Strong City, A Caring City, A World Class City, and A Leading City.”

Additional Information:

  • Title of Opportunity:  Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program
  • Federal Agency Name:  Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD)
  • Announcement Type:  Annually 
  • Term:  Fiscal Year  2010
  • Performance/Commitment: Grants to hire new firefighters have a two (2)-year period of performance and require grantees to commit to retaining the SAFER-funded firefighters for one (1) full year, with local funds only, after the end of the period of performance.  Differing from previous grant years, there are no per firefighter salary limitations.  Federal funds may be used to pay for 100% of the actual salary and benefit costs of these newly hired firefighters as there is no matching or share components to the 2010 grant.  Regardless of the actual costs incurred, the annual costs will be limited to the actual costs or the budgeted amount, whichever is less.  Excess expenditures or amounts above the total grant funding award are the responsibility of the grantee (COA).