President Trump signed into law the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Reauthorization Act that included a provision authored by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME). The provision enables fire departments nationwide to use SAFER grants to transition part-time or paid-on-call personnel, who are already trained and equipped to respond to emergencies, to full-time status. Previously, SAFER grants could only be used to hire and train new personnel.

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