Fire Service Infrastructure

According to the NFPA’s Renovations Needs of the U.S. Fire Service report:

  • 43 percent of the surveyed fire departments are more than 40 years old;
  • 59 percent of all US fire stations do not have exhaust emission control;
  • 35 percent of all US fire stations do not have access to backup power;
  • A sizable portion of these stations were likely built without consideration for female firefighters, who make up a growing percentage of the U.S. fire service; and
  • The total cost of renovation needs in the fire service is estimated at $70 billion to $100 billion.

We must ensure that the facilities where our fire and EMS personnel sleep, eat, and work are safe and code-compliant.

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Current Legislation


Summary: The bill would authorize $750 million in fire station construction grants administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for modifying, upgrading, and building fire and EMS department facilities, including local fire and EMS stations and fire training facilities.

Status: The bill has been introduced in the House and the Senate (H.R.1814/S.977).