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Budget proposes cuts to key fire service programs

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget proposed by the Obama Administration in March recommended a decrease of about $1 billion from FY 2014 appropriations for the department, according to the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI). The $3.9 trillion budget, which is an estimated increase of $250 billion over the FY 2014 level, contains $38.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This represents a decrease of approximately $1 billion. The proposed budget also offers the following appropriations for fire and emergency services programs: The Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs would be reduced by...

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