The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) joined other national fire service organizations in asking Congress to include full-year funding for programs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that support the fire and emergency service in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.
DHS and FEMA offices and programs include the U.S. Fire Administration, DHS Science and Technology Directorate, DHS Office of Emergency Communications, Assistance to Firefighter Grant program, State Homeland Security Grant Program, Urban Areas Security Initiative, and Urban Search and Rescue System. These programs are critical to the ability of our nation’s emergency services to be prepared for the threat of a terrorist attack or natural disaster.
Funding these agencies through continuing resolutions instead of for the full fiscal year creates uncertainties and delays in their ability to perform their functions. It is critical these programs receive full-year funding in order to fulfill their mission to support national preparedness for all hazards.
The letters, which were sent to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations on December 4, were signed by the NVFC, Congressional Fire Services Institute, International Association of Arson Investigators, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, and the National Fire Protection Association.