Government Relations Manager
Speak Out to Support the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act
February 21, 2013
In remembrance of the tenth anniversary of The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island and the recent loss of over 200 lives at the Kiss nightclub fire in Brazil, the IAFC is strongly encouraging Congress to reintroduce and pass the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act.
IAFC is asking you for a few minutes to send a letter to Congress and sharing a press statement with your local newspaper. These small actions could save billions of dollars, support safe and effective response operations and, most importantly, prevent thousands of deaths.
Following the Kiss nightclub fire, the IAFC and 14 other national and international fire and emergency service organizations issued a joint statement in support of the legislation which would help property owners make their buildings safer. We then echoed this support in day-long activities in Washington, DC on February 20, the anniversary of The Station fire, urging federal lawmakers to act on fire sprinkler legislation.
Local Leaders Needed to Speak Up
The IAFC is looking for fire chiefs who are willing to stand up and demonstrate the very real impact of national legislation in local communities.
Please write to your members of Congress to highlight the need for this important legislation and the importance of fire sprinklers in your community. The IAFC has drafted a sample introductory letter to you can customize and send to your members of Congress. Please also include with your letter, a copy of the national press statement (pdf).
You may also want to share the press statement and your support of the issue with local media outlets.
Working together, we can honor those lost by preventing preventable deaths.
Career Fire Chief of 2014: Alan Martin
Be Political without Being a Politician: Working with Elected Officials
More than Barbells and Burpees: Making of a Firefighter Athlete
2008 Emergency Response Guidebook Companion Video