Fire Prevention

  • March 17, 2017
    With the new administration and Congress, the chances of seeing comprehensive tax reform increased dramatically. There may be several ways the fire and emergency service can capitalize on this to achieve some longstanding goals. read more
  • March 17, 2017
    In today’s economy, we’re still working to make ends meet and stay within our budgets. It’s never been more critical to examine alternative funding streams to supplement existing budgets, support essential services and purchase new technology. read more
  • March 1, 2017
    This is a really important year for you to contact your senators and representatives! Our number-one goal will be to reauthorize vital federal fire and EMS programs, like the FIRE and SAFER Grants programs, or they will expire. read more
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Support the Safe Building Code Incentive Act

Write to your representatives (MS Word) today and ask them to co-sponsor the Safe Building Code Incentive Act of 2015 (H.R. 1748). H.R. 1748 is designed to focus on using common-sense mitigation measures to reduce the costs of disaster response. The bipartisan legislation promotes stronger and safer construction for all Americans by providing an additional 4% in post-disaster grants by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to states that have adopted and enforced model building codes. Use our recommended template (MS Word) on your department letterhead to ensure that your senators hear from their local constituents on this important issue. To find your representative, please fill out your zip code in the top right hand corner of the U.S. House of Representatives web page.

 

IAFC Offers Tax Reform Comments

May 26, 2016 - The IAFC submitted comments on tax reform to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. In these comments, the IAFC suggested making changes to allow volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel to recieve nominal incentives without being considered taxable income and to use the tax code to incentivize property owners to install fire sprinkler systems in their propoerties. Read the IAFC's full comments today

 

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Support the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act
Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2013 (MS Word file) - Please write to your senators and ask them to co-sponsor the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2013 (S. 1163). Use the attached template on your department letterhead to ensure that your senators hear from their local constituents on this important issue. Find your senators' email address, fax number, and homepage.

Fire Safe Cigarette Law Reduces Home Fires in MA
February 13, 2014 - A recent study by the American Journal of Public Health found that a law requiring the sale of fire safe cigarettes has led to a 28% decrease in home fires caused by cigarettes from 2004-2010.

Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act Introduced in Senate
June 16, 2013 - Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (S. 1163) to encourage property owners to retrofit their buildings with fire sprinkler systems.

IAFC Recommends Congress Enact Fire Sprinkler Legislation
April 15, 2013 - The IAFC submitted comments to the House Committee on Ways and Means to encourage Congress to examine legislation to incentivize retrofitting properties with fire sprinkler systems (pdf). The IAFC filed these comments as the House of Representatives announced that it would accept proposals on reforms to real estate tax policy among other areas.

Fire Service Issues Press Statement on Anniversary of Station Nightclub Fire and Need for Sprinkler Legislation
February 20, 2013 - The IAFC joined 14 other national fire service organizations to recognize the 10th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire and urge Congress to support legislation to incentivize the installation of fire sprinkler systems.

Tyco Releases Web Series on Station Nightclub Fire
February 15, 2013 - Tyco has released a seven-part web series focused on the Station Nightclub fire. This series chronicles the fire and experiences of survivors of this historic fire.

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