REINTRODUCE BILL TO REAUTHORIZE FIRE & EMERGENCY RESPONSE GRANT PROGRAMS This legislation would ensure that our nation’s more than one million fire and emergency services personnel continue to have access to the necessary training, equipment and staffing to respond to....
BigNews.Biz - Apr 12,2017 - SENATORS McCAIN, TESTER, COLLINS & CARPER REINTRODUCE BILL TO REAUTHORIZE FIRE & EMERGENCY RESPONSE GRANT PROGRAMS
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Jon Tester (D-MT), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Carper (D-DE) reintroduced the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the highly successful Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs though Fiscal Year 2023.
This legislation would ensure that our nation’s more than one million fire and emergency services personnel continue to have access to the necessary training, equipment and staffing to respond to a growing number of emergency response missions.
“Firefighters and first responders risk their lives every day to protect our citizens and keep our communities safe,” said Senator McCain. “That’s why we must give these brave individuals the training, resources and equipment they need to respond to dangerous missions around the country. I’m proud to once again cosponsor this legislation that would ensure America’s 30,000 fire departments and first responder services have the best possible preparation and resources, and I hope my colleagues will join this effort to support those who sacrifice so much for us.”
“When emergency strikes, firefighters must have the equipment, training, and staff they need to respond quickly and safely,” said Senator Tester. “These grants provide local fire departments the opportunity to secure additional resources that will keep families safe and secure in rural communities across Montana. It is critical that Congress reauthorize this important safety initiative for our first responders.”
“I have long supported the FIRE and SAFER grant programs, which have been an effective and efficient way to provide firefighters and first responders with the resources they need,” said Senator Collins. “The equipment, vehicles, and training funded by these grant programs strengthen our fire services and help protect the more than 1.3 million firefighters and emergency responders. Our bill will reauthorize these critical programs to ensure that these brave men and women continue to receive the support they need.”
“Every day, our brave first responders put their lives on the line to protect families, their homes and their most precious belongings. But too many of our emergency service organizations face strained state and local budgets, and are too often forced to make drastic cuts. It’s essential that we provide the men and women who are on call when tragedy strikes with the equipment, training and resources necessary to perform their mission safely and effectively,” said Senator Carper. “This bill reauthorizes critical grant programs that will allow our first responders to obtain the grants they need to perform at their very best during times of crisis.”
The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) also endorsed the legislation today:
“The Congressional Fire Services Institute commends Senators John McCain, Jon Tester, Susan Collins and Tom Carper for introducing legislation to reauthorize the Assistance to Firefighters and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant programs,” said Dr. William Jenaway, president of