Assistance to Firefighters Program: Distribution of Fire Grant Funding [January 4, 2016] [open pdf - 789KB]
"The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, also known as fire grants or the FIRE Act grant program, was established by Title XVII of the FY2001 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 106-398). Currently administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the program provides federal grants directly to local fire departments and unaffiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations to help address a variety of equipment, training, and other firefighter-related and EMS needs. A related program is the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters (SAFER) program, which provides grants for hiring, recruiting, and retaining firefighters. […] The Administration's FY2015 budget proposed $670 million for firefighter assistance, including $335 million for AFG and $335 million for SAFER. The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015 (P.L. 114-4) was signed by the President on March 4, 2015, and provided $680 million in firefighter assistance, including $340 million for AFG and $340 million for SAFER. The Administration's FY2016 budget proposed $670 million for firefighter assistance, including $335 million for AFG and $335 million for SAFER. On December 18, 2015, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (P.L. 114-113). The law provided $690 million for firefighter assistance in FY2016, including $345 million for AFG and $345 million for SAFER. The 114th Congress will consider FY2017 budget appropriations for AFG and SAFER. As is the case with many federal programs, concerns over the federal budget deficit could impact budget levels for AFG and SAFER."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32341
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