Enhancing Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Programs Through SAFER Grant Funding

The federal SAFER grants assist fire departments in increasing staffing levels through the hiring of paid firefighters and recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. But did you know that SAFER funding can be used for activities such as sending firefighters to training events and purchasing association memberships? This article for Fire Engineering by NVFC board member David Lewis provides tips for application success through a balanced program and what that may mean for your department.