Issue 12 and Volume 142.

DISPATCHES COMPILED & WRITTEN Congress plans to increase staff at USFA For the first time since the U.S. Fire Administration’s establishment in 1974, Congress is likely to adopt a bill increasing the USFA’s staff by four. “This is truly a landmark in the federal government’s involvement in fire safety,” according to Congressman Curt Weldon, chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “After 15 years, Congress has reversed the steady trend of attrition in the staff and budget of the U.S. Fire Administration. In a year of budget cuts, this is a significant policy move.” Although the House and Senate voted earlier on the spending bill, variations in the bills required a conference committee to work out the differences. Once Congress votes on the final version, the bill goes to President Bush for his signature. The increase would take effect in fiscal year 1990. One of the added staff members would…

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