Provided by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after the United States Senate passed, by unanimous consent, H.R. 4661, the United States Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017. AFG (Assistance to Firefighters Grant) awards and SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) grants help provide necessary firefighting gear and training to firefighters and emergency responders, among other critical functions. The legislation authorizes $750 million for both programs. The legislation will now head to the President’s desk for his signature.
“I am glad that the United States Senate quickly took up and passed this important legislation that will help our firefighters and paramedics in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District and throughout the nation. This legislation ensures that our nation’s firefighters and paramedics have the tools and training they need to safely fight and prevent devastating fires. Since the inception of these vital programs for our first responders, Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department has received over $16 million in funding and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department has received over $3.5 million.”
“The reauthorization of the FIRE and SAFER grant programs demonstrates the continued excellent support of Congress, in particular Representative Comstock, for the nation’s fire service,” said Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department Chief Keith Brower. “These programs greatly assist localities in the areas of firefighter safety, fire and life safety education and improved resourcing for tactical fire operations. The fire problem in America continues to demand a strong emphasis on fire prevention, adequate staffing and up to date equipment to do the job safely. This bill is tremendous for career and volunteer firefighters alike.”
Read more about H.R. 4661, the United States Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017 here.