Local fire departments have until the end of the month to apply for federal grants through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, reports.

Grants are given through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help fire departments maintain or increase staffing levels and insure that their communities have adequate fire protection. Applications are available online at and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Aug. 30.