In cooperation with the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and every other National Fire Organization, a campaign has been launched to reauthorize funding at the federal level to continue important grants that serve the fire service. We are at a tipping point with AFG/SAFER/USFA reauthorization and we need to build a wave of pressure to convince Congress to enact the legislation before the programs expire on September 30th. The time to act is NOW. We need everyone to keep pushing until this passes.
Unless action is taken NOW to save AFG and SAFER, they will EXPIRE. The grant programs face a statutory sunset on September 30, 2024 -- just a few months from now. The national fire and emergency services organizations have collectively been working hard to enact the Fire Grants and Safety Act (S.870/H.R.4090), which would reauthorize AFG, SAFER, and the U.S. Fire Administration, but WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please call or write your Federal Representatives and Senators today. Click here for more information on how to contact your members of Congress, as well as to get talking points for calls, background on how these grants have assisted the fire service and fire marshal offices, and sample letters to send via email.
NASFM has taken steps to join the collective efforts with other national organizations and here is the letter being send on behalf of NASFM (LINK)
Action Needed from State Fire Marshals and local fire officials in your state:
1. DO THIS TODAY PLEASE: Letters from local, state and national organizations make a difference. the more letters and emails written, the better. (copy and paste the attached drafts from the links below if you want to): please write and send letters from your organizations (to congressional representatives where you have local, regional, or state operations. Sample letters to Senators and Representatives are attached HERE with instructions and blank spaces to fill in.
2. DO THIS TODAY PLEASE: Alert your state fire service to Take Action Please have them write/call their members of Congress where they live and work.
For More information and talking points, go to the Congressional Fire Service Institute website. (HERE)
Information is provided on the Background of Safer and AFG.
The IAFC, IFFF, and NVFC Voter Voice Links are also available for contacting your Congress member