President Trump Budget Cuts Fire Service Priorities

The White House released its FY 2018 budget proposal today. Several fire service priority programs received modest cuts. While media reports suggest funding for 66 federal programs were zeroed out overall, no programs important to the fire service were slated to be unfunded entirely by the administration. See budget analysis below as prepared by the IAFC Government Relations Team.


FY 2018 Budget Break down

FEMA

(In millions of dollars)

Program

FY 2017

FY 2018

FIRE

345

344.344

SAFER

345

344.344

USFA

44

43.41

UASI

605

448.844

SHSGP

467

349.362

Office of Health Affairs

123.548

111.319

Urban Search and Rescue

38.28

27.513

It looks like the budget proposes a 25% local match requirement for SHGP and UASI funds.


U.S. Department of Transportation

The president’s budget would carry the authorization for the ALERT grants into FY 2018.


U.S. Department of Agriculture

(In millions of dollars)

Program

FY 2017

FY 2018

Wildland Fire Management

2,833

2,495.038

State Fire Assistance

78

69.4

Volunteer Fire Assistance

15

11.6

  • The State Fire Assistance and Volunteer Fire Assistance programs are funded out of the USDA’s Wildland Fire Management top-line $2.495 billion.
  • The Hazardous Fuels program was moved from the Wildland Fire Management account to the National Forest System account.
  • The FLAME fund would be eliminated under this budget request.
  • The FY 2018 budget request recalculates the 10-year average, but proposes to fund 100% of the newly calculated 10-year average: 1.056818 billion. 


U.S. Department of the Interior

The FY 2018 budget proposes $873.518 million for the Wildland Fire Management Account (The FY 2017 appropriation was $942.7 million). This amount is 100% of the 10-year average for wildland fire suppression. The budget would eliminate the FLAME fund. In addition, it proposes discontinuing funding for the Fire Facilities Construction and Maintenance program.

 

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