Hoeven Announces FEMA Grant Opportunities for North Dakota Firefighters and Emergency Responders

Senator Encourages North Dakota Firefighting and Emergency Response Entities to Apply for Federal Funding

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Homeland Security Committees, today encouraged eligible North Dakota firefighting and emergency response organizations to apply for grant funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program. The SAFER grant program, which totals $345 million in Fiscal Year 2016, helps local fire departments with staffing and deployment needs so they can better respond to emergencies and help protect communities from fire and fire-related hazards.

“North Dakota’s firefighters and first responders do a great job saving lives and property in emergency situations, and our communities depend on their work,” Hoeven said. “I encourage interested parties to apply for this funding opportunity, which will help with staffing and fire prevention and response efforts to help safeguard our communities.”

The application period begins today, January 9, 2017 and closes on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST. To access the Notice of Funding Opportunity and other assistance documents, please visit www.grants.gov and http://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants.

Hoeven serves as chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, which oversees funding for FEMA and other agencies at DHS.