SAFER Grant Application Period Now Open
Funding available for retention and recruitment initiatives

The application period for the FY 2010 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program (SAFER) is now open. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released grant guidance and application materials at Applications are due by Friday, September 17, 2010 at 5 p.m. EDT.

SAFER grants provide funding directly to fire departments and statewide or local volunteer firefighter interest organizations in order to increase the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. SAFER grants have been used in a variety of innovative ways to help volunteer departments with their retention and recruitment programs. Click here for information about retention and recruitment projects SAFER has funded. Grants can also be used for the hiring of career firefighters.

It is important to read the SAFER Program Guidance thoroughly before applying. Find the Program Guidance, applicant tutorial, grant application, and more on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant web site at

This information provided by the Emergency Services Director of Rowan County

The Catawba College Chiefs Club hopes to fill Shuford Stadium during home football games this fall by promoting themed game days. On different Saturdays, a different organization or segment of the local population will be targeted and offered free admission to the games. According to Gordon Kirkland, Catawba's director of athletic development, this Chiefs Club initiative "is an effort to promote what we've got here and to expose more people to it. Folks don't know how much fun they can have on a Saturday at a Catawba football game."

On September 4, Police Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Responders will be admitted free along with three of their guests to the 7 p.m. game against St. Augustine.  Responders attending will need some type of ID Card or State Association card for admission.

In the 7 p.m. game on September 18 when Catawba takes on Shaw University, Youth Sports is the theme and any youth, age 14 or younger, who wears their team shirt will be admitted free to the game, along with free admittance for that youth's three guests.

On October 16, employees at two local hospitals, Rowan Regional and Veterans Administration, will receive free admittance for themselves and three guests to the 1:30 p.m. Catawba game against Carson-Newman.  Hospital employees from either facility must show their employee ID badge at the gate.

During the last home game of the season at 1:30 p.m. on November 6, Catawba takes on Tusculum and Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts will be admitted free to the game with three guests by wearing their uniforms.

For more details on the themed game days, contact Gordon Kirkland at (704) 637-4394.

Catawba College's Chiefs Club is the athletic booster club for Catawba's athletic teams. Memberships in the Chiefs Club supports 83 full athletic scholarships that the college sponsors for approximately 450 student athletes playing one of Catawba's 18 NCAA Division II sports.

This information provided by the Emergency Services Director of Rowan County



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