Two Members of Congress To Be Honored At National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

Two Members of Congress To Be Honored At National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Fire Services Institute has selected Congressmen Christopher Cox (CA-48) and William Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-8) to receive the 2005 Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Legislators of the Year Award. The presentation will take place on April 7, 2005, at the 17th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C.

The original author of the FIRE Act, Congressman Pascrell is one of Congress’s most tireless advocates of our nation’s fire and emergency services. He continues to fight for full funding of the FIRE Act and for maintaining the intent of the program to address the basic need of local fire departments. In addition, he has taken on a number of other safety initiatives, including efforts to increase fire protection at colleges and universities. Because of his contributions to our first responders, the Democratic leadership appointed him the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology during the 109th session.

Congressman Cox is being honored for his contributions as Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Having made a personal commitment to engage the fire service on homeland security initiatives, Chairman Cox has worked very closely with the fire organizations on a number of measures in his committee, specifically the Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act. Introduced last session, the legislation included provisions that protected the FIRE Act from any structural changes, and asserted the role of the fire service in determining essential capabilities requirements. The measure also referenced the use of voluntary consensus standards for determining grant awards. Congress did not approve the measure last session, but Cox is expected to reintroduce the measure this session with the key provisions addressing the fire service. With the support of the fire service, Chairman Cox prevailed in making the committee a permanent committee, thereby consolidating jurisdiction, which will greatly improve Congressional oversight.

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