Senate reauthorizes AFG/SAFER and USFA

The bill, which is on its way to the president’s desk, will save the FIRE and SAFER grant programs from expiring on Jan. 2

By FireRescue1 Staff

FAIRFAX, Va. — The United States Fire Administration, AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act was passed by the U.S. Senate.

According to the IAFC, the bill is on its way to be signed by the president and will save the FIRE and SAFER Grant programs from expiring Jan. 2, and the sunset dates will be pushed out to Sep. 30, 2024.

In addition, the bill will:

  • Authorize $76.49 million in funding for the USFA through FY 2023.
  • Authorize approximately $750 million each for the AFG and SAFER Grant programs through FY 2023.
  • Clarify that SAFER Grant funds can be used to change the status of part-time firefighters to full-time positions.
  • Develop online training programs to help fire departments better manage AFG and SAFER Grants.
  • Develop a framework and take measures at FEMA to prevent waste, fraud and abuse of AFG and SAFER Grant programs.

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