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NVFC creates ‘Action Alert’ to contact Congress about reauthorization of USFA, grant programs

Members of Congress are urged to sign a letter that would include AFG and SAFER in an upcoming “must pass” funding bill

WASHINGTON — The National Volunteer Fire Council wants firefighters to take immediate action to urge Congress to reauthorize funding for the U.S. Fire Administration as well as two grant programs – the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program – that provide funding to fire departments across the country for training, equipment and recruitment efforts.

The NVFC is one of more than 30 groups that have signed a letter in support of reauthorization – an effort led by Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) – asking the leadership in the House of Representatives to include the reauthorizations for AFG, SAFER and the USFA in the upcoming “must pass” funding bill.

According to a press release from the NVFC, it is crucial that as many members of Congress as possible sign this letter so that House leadership knows these reauthorizations are widely supported. The NVFC has also created an “Action Alert” to simplify the process of contacting members of Congress.

“Your Member of Congress needs to hear from you to get them to sign this letter! Please use this NVFC Action Alert to contact your Member of Congress and ask them to sign Rep. Bost’s and Rep. Pascrell’s letter by the February 23 deadline. It only takes one minute of your time and a couple clicks to use this alert to make your voice heard. Also, visit the Congressional Fire Service Institute’s AFG and SAFER landing page to see more way you can help save these critical grants.”
NVFC press release

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