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‘We’re sounding the alarm’: CFSI leaders urge firefighters to contact Congress

The message: Authorize full funding for the USFA plus the AFG and SAFER grant programs

As part of my duties at FireRescue1, I serve on the National Advisory Committee for the Congressional Fire Services Institute. We met today, and we have an urgent request that we need your help to address.

As you may or may not be aware, funding authorization for the U.S. Fire Administration and the AFG and SAFER grant programs is caught up in the quagmire of Congress. We need you to reach out to leadership now.

Visit this Congressional Fire Service Institute resource page, where you can download draft letters and gain as much information as you need to support this effort. Everything is right there.

When Grandma Jones calls 911, she doesn’t ask for one political party or the other. She doesn’t ask whether Congress has funded our programs. She asks for help. She needs, expects and deserves our immediate response. Just imagine a point where the funding for our critical support operations lapses. To a point where the bills can’t be paid. Where there’s no ability to gather or analyze data. And where there’s no funding mechanism for the large-scale purchases that AFG and SAFER have been supporting for 20 years.

Please take time right now to contact your senators and representatives to drive home the need to authorize full funding for the United States Fire Administration and the AFG and SAFER grant programs.

We know that there’s a lot of competing interests out there, and there’s a lot going on in the world that has Congress’s attention. This is not a partisan request in any way, shape or form. This is a firefighter request. We’re sounding the alarm for your help right now.

Please do your part now to help us get the funding we all know we need.

Thanks for your help.

Chief Marc S. Bashoor joined the Lexipol team in 2018, serving as the FireRescue1 and Fire Chief executive editor and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board. With 40 years in emergency services, Chief Bashoor previously served as public safety director in Highlands County, Florida; as chief of the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Fire/EMS Department; and as emergency manager in Mineral County, West Virginia. Chief Bashoor assisted the NFPA with fire service missions in Brazil and China, and has presented at many industry conferences and trade shows. He has contributed to several industry publications. He is a National Pro-board certified Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III and Fire Instructor. Connect with Chief Bashoor at on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Do you have a leadership tip or incident you’d like to discuss? Send the chief an email.