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There are numerous grant resources for rural and volunteer fire department funding. The following state and federal programs address the specific needs of fire protection and emergency services:


Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA and OSHA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720 and OSHA 1910.134).
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Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S)
The Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development.
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Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
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Rural Community Grant Programs
Fire Department Grants for Equipment and Buildings
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Community Fire Prevention Grant Program
Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission Community Fire Prevention Grant Program
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