Skip Navigation
A | A | A
Bookmark this page
Print This Page


Government Relations



Current Legislative Issues


Securing FIRE and SAFER grant programs
FIRE and SAFER grants provide direct support to local fire departments for equipment, training, and staffing using a respected merit-based, peer review process. Contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to support $340 million each for the FIRE and SAFER grant programs.

Protecting Funding for the U.S. Fire Administration
The USFA mission is to provide national leadership for the fire and emergency services and train the present and future fire service leadership at the National Fire Academy. Please ask your Senators and Representative to support $44 million for USFA.

Protecting State and Local Incentives for Volunteer Firefighters
Currently, the IRS can tax all state and local benefits for volunteer firefighters. An earlier law allowing firefighters to exclude any property tax abatement and up to $600 per year in other benefits has expired. Please ask your Senators and Representative to cosponsor S. 501/H.R.3747, the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Reauthorization Act.

Creating Incentives for the Installation of Fire Sprinklers
Fire sprinklers remain a necessity for building owners to protect both life and property from fires. Congress is considering legislation to create an incentive for commercial building owners to retrofit their buildings with fire sprinklers. Please ask your Senators to cosponsor S.1163, the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act.

Authorizing the National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center
The IAFC and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have created the National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center to provide an opportunity for hazmat teams to network and educate each other about hazmat incidents to improve responder and public safety. The IAFC supports authorization and funding of the National Hazmat Fusion Center as part of the surface transportation bill.

For Information:

Hot Sheet — PDF

Issue Discussions — PDF Access Restricted