Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Feb 5, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On February 9, 2015, the application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program will open at 8:00 AM and will remain open until March 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM. Additionally, the application period for the FY 2014 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Program will open on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM and will close on April 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

The FY 2014 DHS Appropriations Act provides $340 million for the SAFER program, which provides much-needed funding for career and volunteer fire departments to hire new firefighters and recruit and retain volunteer firefighters. The program is critical to the thousands of fire stations across the country that are currently operating short on staff. When adequately funded, SAFER will bring our nation’s fire departments to staffing levels that improve the safety of our firefighters, and the communities they serve, as they respond to the scene of a fire, auto accident, or other natural or manmade disasters.

The FY 2014 FP&S initiative offers $34 million to support efforts to preventatively enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by working to reduce injury and death from fire related incidents in high-risk populations.

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is a strong supporter of funding for both the SAFER program and the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Last April, he and a bipartisan group of Representatives stood up in support of this funding so that firefighters and emergency workers all over the country, including those in his own district, would be better able to serve their communities. For more information on Congressman Bishop’s efforts to support funding for firefighting efforts, please click here.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the FY 2015 funding announcements for both programs on December 23, 2014. For more information on the SAFER program and the application process, please click here. For more information on the FP&S program and application process, please click here.