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Ann Davison, CAE
Strategic Information Manager
703–273-9815 x329

Call to Action on FIRE and SAFER Grants

Please Ask Your Members of Congress to Pass FIRE-SAFER Legislation

November 28, 2012

As Congress winds down for the year, it has yet to pass legislation to reauthorize the FIRE and SAFER Grant programs. A compromise agreement has been reached by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The IAFC has prepared a brief that summarizes this agreement (pdf).

Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) are offering this FIRE-SAFER reauthorization compromise bill as an amendment to legislation that must pass Congress before the end of the year. Their amendment may be considered on the Senate floor this week.

Please ask your senators to vote for the Lieberman-Collins-Carper-Brown amendment.

This legislation will also need to pass the House of Representatives. So, please contact your representative and ask him or her to support passage of the FIRE-SAFER reauthorization bill this year, too.

The IAFC has letters you can download and send to your members of Congress.

If you call your members of Congress, please be sure to highlight:

  • How the FIRE and SAFER Grant programs have helped your department.
  • FIRE and SAFER grant applications are reviewed by experienced firefighters using a merit-based system.
  • FIRE and SAFER grants are awarded directly to local fire departments to improve their all-hazards emergency response.
  • FIRE and SAFER grants require local communities to contribute a match to ensure accountability.

Because this Congress ends in December, this is our last opportunity to reauthorize the FIRE and SAFER Grant programs.

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.