Fire Grants Reauthorization Act
The Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2009 (H.R. 3791), introduced by Representative Harry Mitchell, would reauthorize the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The AFG program provides funds to local fire departments to purchase equipment, vehicles, and training. The SAFER program helps fire departments hire firefighting personnel and meet voluntary national consensus standards on safe minimum staffing levels. The bill would authorize $1 billion for the AFG program per fiscal year from FY2010 to FY2014, and an additional $1.194 billion per fiscal year from FY2010 to FY2014 for the SAFER program. This federal support is important in this tough economy as local officials struggle to provide services in the face of decreasing budgets.