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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Contact your senators TODAY and tell them to affirm their support for AFG/SAFER and USFA

 In the next few days the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on whether or not to reauthorize the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs as well as the United States Fire Administration (USFA). This morning, Senators Lieberman (I-CT), Collins (R-ME), Carper (D-DE) and Brown (R-MA) filed an amendment to include language reauthorizing AFG/SAFER and USFA in S. 3254, the National Defense Authorization Act.

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.
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.
Contact your senators TODAY and tell them to affirm their support for AFG/SAFER and USFA by voting for the Lieberman-Collins-Carper-Brown amendment.

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