CFSI is pleased to report that Senators Peters and Portman have introduced a bill to reauthorize the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) programs, as well as the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
Specifically, the Fire Grants and Safety Act (S.4882) would reauthorize AFG and SAFER through Fiscal Year (FY) 2030 — a 7-year reauthorization period. The bill would also repeal the sunset provisions for AFG and SAFER, which are scheduled to go into effect in September 2024, if not addressed, and increase the authorized funding level for USFA from the current amount of $76.5 million to $95 million for all seven years of the authorization period (through FY2030) — an almost 25% increase in the authorization. USFA provides critically important data, training, education and more for fire and EMS personnel, as well as for the general public.
“This legislation would ensure that local fire and emergency services departments have continued access to vital federal funds for the training, staffing and equipment they need to serve their communities. It would also provide critical funding for the United States Fire Administration to advance its mission,” said CFSI Executive Director Bill Webb. “We look forward to advocating in support of this measure and thank Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Gary Peters and Ranking Member Rob Portman for their leadership in introducing this measure.”