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FY2009 budget proposes cuts to first responder grantsThe budget released by the White House for Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) in February contains “significant cuts to first responder grant programs,” according to the Congressional Fire Services Institute. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (FIRE Act) would be cut by $260 million from FY08. This represents 30 percent of its authorized funding. Also, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants would be zeroed out, and funding for the U.S. Fire Administration would be reduced six percent.Congress ultimately will specify funding levels for the programs. The FY09 Budget Proposal may be obtained from th...

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