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White House Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal, Recommends Cuts to Fire Service Programs

On Tuesday, February 9th, the White House released the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, the final budget of the Obama Administration. The $4.23 trillion budget contains $40.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Included in the proposed budget are several programs of importance to the nation’s fire and emergency services, including the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs. The budget proposal recommends funding FIRE and SAFER at a combined $670 million, with funds split equally between the two programs. This is a reduction of $20 million from the level enacted by Congress for Fiscal Year 2016. Additionally, the President’s budget proposes $40,811,513 for the United States Fire Administration and includes $1.5 million for infrastructure improvements at the National Fire Academy. Congress funded USFA at $44 million for Fiscal Year 2016.

“While it is frustrating the White House proposes spending cuts for these critical programs, ultimately it is the Congress that decides funding levels,” said Bill Webb, CFSI Executive Director. “CFSI will begin working with the other national fire service organizations and Congressional Fire Services Caucus to ensure these programs receive the necessary funding levels in Fiscal Year 2017.”

The White House budget proposal is the first step in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget process. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees will now begin drafting funding bills for the individual departments of the federal government. CFSI will continue to provide updates throughout the Fiscal Year 2017 process.  


It’s just three months until the most important event in the fire and emergency services: The 2016 National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium / 28th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC on May 4-5, 2016.  

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is a privately funded nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute designed to educate members of Congress about the challenges and needs of our nation’s fire and emergency services. The National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium/National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner is our major fundraising program of the year. We depend on the support generated from this event to maintain an active presence on Capitol Hill and within the fire and emergency services community.

With your support at this year’s Symposium/Dinner CFSI will continue to:

Build on the forum that national fire service organizations use to develop consensus positions on the most important federal fire service issues on Capitol Hill.

Facilitate working relationships between the fire service organizations and the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, one of the largest and most active caucuses in Congress.

Promote critical public safety legislation, such as the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act and the Safe Building Codes Incentive Act.

Continue to support the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs.

Create opportunities for congressional staffers to gain hands-on experience in the fire and emergency services.

CFSI is a small organization, but we are proficient and accomplish a significant amount because of our commitment to the brave men and women in public safety who protect our communities from fire and other dangers.

There is no better time than now to purchase your tickets and take advantage of our discounted room rates at the Washington Hilton! Click here to read our Symposium/Dinner information page for further details or call us at (202) 371-1277.