Fairfax, Va. – The top elected leaders of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are meeting this week with key congressional and senate offices to raise awareness on Capitol Hill about issues critical to the association’s 11,000 members and the U.S. fire service.
Fire Chief G. Keith Bryant, president and chairman of the board, Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, first vice president, and Fire Chief John Sinclair, second vice president, are meeting with several members of Congress, key congressional staff and administration officials on April 15–16 in Washington, D.C.
In particular, the IAFC leaders are seeking congressional support of federal programs that assist the nation’s firefighters and EMS personnel. The fire and emergency service responds to more than 29 million incidents each year, covering structural fires, hazmat incidents, wildland fires, EMS calls and many other emergency-response situations.
Many federal programs play a vital role in ensuring that the nation’s fire departments are properly trained, equipped and prepared to meet their daily challenges and address all natural and manufactured threats to the nation.
The IAFC's legislative priority issues include:
- FIRE/SAFER grant programs
- Funding for the U.S. Fire Administration
- Funding for the National Fire Academy
- Preventing federal taxation of volunteer incentives
- Extending the Medicare ambulance add-on payments
- Addressing the requirement to give back public-safety communications spectrum in the T-band
- Preventing post-wildland-fire flooding
- Improving hazmat-response training for first responders
- Ensuring sensible Homeland Security grant reform
More information about the IAFC’s legislative priorities is available on the IAFC website.
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. Learn more