Fairfax, VA – The International Association of Fire Chiefs has unveiled a new feature on the IAFC Web site (www.iafc.org), a two-part “Legislative Action Alert,” in an effort to improve communication with members about federal government relations issues. This document contains information on the most important legislative and regulatory issues that affect IAFC members and all of the nation’s fire service at the federal level.
The first part of the Legislative Action Alert is a one-page “Hot Sheet” that provides basic information on several fire service priorities and lists suggested talking points for discussions with federal legislators and executive branch officials. The “Hot Sheet” will be available on the Legislative Action Alert section of the IAFC’s Web site (www.iafc.org/government/action.asp), which can be accessed from the What’s Hot menu on the IAFC home page or the Government Relations page, www.iafc.org/government/index.asp.
The second part of the Legislative Action Alert is the Legislative Issues Discussion, which provides a detailed overview of current issues and a discussion of the IAFC’s political strategy for advancing our members’ interests. This information will be available only to IAFC members and can be accessed via the Legislative Action Alert section of the IAFC’s Web site, www.iafc.org/government/action.asp.
“The Legislative Action Alert is a useful tool for any fire chief meeting with a representative of the federal government,” said IAFC Executive Director Garry Briese. “In order to advance the fire service’s goals at the national level, we must speak with a unified voice and this information will enable our members to do that.”
Currently, the Legislative Action Alert provides a detailed discussion of the following issues:
- Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (FIRE Act)
- Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Act (SAFER)
- Fire Sprinkler Legislation
- Wildland Fire
- Spectrum Clearing for Public Safety and the HERO Act
- 800 MHz Interference and the Consensus Plan
The Legislative Action Alert will be updated as new events occur.
Visit www.iafc.org/government/index.asp for the latest information on government relations issues facing the fire service.