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  • VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO ADDRESS NATION’S FIRE SERVICE LEADERS: Over 1,800 Fire Service Leaders Attending 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner Read more here...

  • CFSI AND IFSTA ANNOUNCE THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2015 DR. ANNE W. PHILLIPS AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION: Catherine B. Lohr and Pamela A. Powell will be honored at the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner Read more here...

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SAFE BUILDING CODES INCENTIVE ACT INTRODUCED IN SENATE

On Thursday, December 19th, Senate Robert Menendez (NJ) introduced the Safe Building Codes Incentive Act.  Senator Menendez was joined by Senators Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Charles Schumer (NY), and Kristen Gillibrand (NY).  The legislation would allow states that adopt and enforce nationally recognized model building codes eligible for an additional 4 percent of funding available for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

"Congress has an opportunity to advance the adoption of building codes in this country," said Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute.  "This bill creates an incentive, not a government mandate, for states and local communities to be prepared for the next potential disaster.  As Benjamin Franklin once said - An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

"As President of FASNY and a firefighter for fifty years, our Association salutes Senator Robert Menendez for his introduction, and Senator Chuck Schumer, for his co-sponsorship of the Safe Building Codes Incentive Act which will allow our storm altered state to rebuild with proper building codes dictating  process to make sure that our children and grandchildren are protected against future devastation," said Jim Burns, President of Firemen's Association of the State of New York.

The House version of the bill, H.R. 2069, was introduced by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21) on June 1, 2011.