Thursday, August 19, 2010

2010 SAFER Grant Program

The 2010 SAFER Grant program opened on August 17th with some major changes from previous programs. We think it would be safe to say that the 2010 program is primarily aimed at serving the needs of larger paid and/or combination departments. Since the focus is on retention (or recall) of laid off firefighters and recruiting of new firefighters, the conclusion would normally be that volunteer only fire departments will not find any opportunities in this grant.

Having said that, we should point out that this determination was made after reading the 2010 Guidance (Click here for a copy). While our primary focus is in serving volunteer fire departments with communications equipment and related items, we thought it might be worthwhile to mention that our services are not confined to equipment sales. With an extensive background in technical writing, advertising and public relations, plus grant writing; we may be able to offer useful assistance to those who could use a little help with the current SAFER grant application.

Our services are available in two basic areas. If you plan to apply for a program to RECRUIT new firefighters, you will need a budgetary estimate and an overview of your plan for your narrative. We can provide both requirements as well as provide the actual recruiting materials including print, media, and direct marketing services. You don't have a lot of time - the program closes on September 17, 2010. If we can be of service, please call us at 205.854.2611 or drop us an email to