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Bill Reauthorizing AFG, SAFER, and the U.S. Fire Administration Introduced in the Senate

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.”

CFSI Mourns the Loss of a Friend and Colleague

The CFSI Board of Directors and staff extend their sympathies to the family of Dave Finger, Chief of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the National Volunteer Fire Council.  On June 3, Dave passed away at the age of 44 following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

Before joining NVFC in 2005, Dave was the lead staff person on fire service issues for the House Science Subcommittee on Research and Technology. He was the consummate professional back then as he was during his career at NVFC.

We are all saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague.  His contributions to public safety will have a lasting positive impact on the entire fire and emergency services.

Rest in peace, Dave.

CFSI Symposium and Dinner Logistics Update

We look forward to seeing you all at the Washington Hilton tomorrow and Thursday! In advance of the event, please note the following logistical changes:

Seminar Room Change

The seminars will now be held in the Kalorama Room at the Washington Hilton. This room is located on the Lobby Level of the hotel. Please see the hotel map here

Parking

Parking is available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Washington Hilton garage. The entrance is located at Florida and 19th St. NW. If parking is not available in the hotel garage, there is day parking available at Universal South (by the Hilton on Connecticut Ave NW).

Road Closures

We are informed that there will be rolling road closures around the hotel between 9AM and 1PM on Wednesday, April 6th. Please plan to build in extra time if you are driving. 

COVID Protocol in the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia currently does not require proof of vaccination to attend indoor events. Furthermore, masks will not be required in the Washington Hilton and in restaurants, however, private businesses can impose their own policies. The mask requirement remains in place for public transit, including taxi, the metro, and rideshare services, but masks are optional on Capitol Hill. Specific Hill offices, however, may have different protocols. Please plan accordingly if you schedule activities outside of the hotel.