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President Calls for $1 Billion in SAFER Grants, D-Block for Public Safety as Part of Jobs Proposal

Published Date: 09.27.2011

The White House has proposed draft legislation, The American Jobs Act, which includes $1 billion for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program and allocates 10 MHz of radio spectrum in the 700 MHz band (commonly referred to as the “D-Block”) to public safety along with $7 billion in funding to begin construction of a nationwide broadband communications network.

The SAFER grant program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provides funding to local fire departments to pay for salaries and benefits of career firefighters and to assist volunteer and combination fire departments with recruitment and retention efforts. Under the law, 10 percent of SAFER appropriations are required to go to volunteer recruitment and retention and another 10 percent are set aside for hiring at small combination and volunteer departments. The President’s proposal does not include any funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, another DHS program that helps fire departments purchase equipment, apparatus, and training.

The continued effectiveness and adequate funding of AFG and SAFER is the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) top legislative priority. Earlier this y

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