Firefighting

A senator’s view on Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2010

Issue 4 and Volume 164.

The following is from a letter sent to Editor in Chief Robert Halton from Oklahoma Senator Tom A. Coburn, M.D.:Thank you for following up with me. I appreciate hearing from you after we spoke in the Chicago airport, and I am glad to have the Human Events article. I deeply apologize for the delay in my response. As you may know, S. 3267, the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2010, which is referenced in the Human Events article, would authorize $950 billion for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), to aid in preventing and responding to fires and other related hazards by awarding grants to fire departments and state training institutions to train personnel, modify facilities, and purchase equipment related to firefighting. I oppose S. 3267 because I do not believe it is the responsibility of the federal government to provide funding for fire services to local fire departments. States and…

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