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Issue 5 and Volume 168.

Congress passes DHS and FEMA funding bill The House of Representatives passed on March 3 the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015 (H.R. 240), which will fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through September 30, 2015. According to the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the bill allocates $340 million each for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) programs and $44 million for the U.S. Fire Administration. DHS is funded through the end of the current fiscal year, and FEMA will now be able to begin implementing the FY 2015 AFG and SAFER programs. CT bill would require sprinklers in new homes A bill recently introduced in Connecticut (No. 6777) would require that residential fire sprinkler systems be installed in new homes. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), the Phoenix Society for…

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