Washington, D.C. – The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) awarded Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA) as the first recipient of the Alfred K. Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor was bestowed during the 22nd Annual IAFF Legislative Conference with over 800 professional firefighters and paramedics in attendance.
“For nearly two decades, Curt Weldon’s name has been synonymous with fire service issues”, said Harold Schaitberger, General President of the IAFF. “Curt Weldon has been at the forefront of virtually every issue before Congress that affects America’s firefighters and emergency personnel.”
With the help of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, founded by Weldon in 1987, Weldon spearheaded numerous significant legislative accomplishments this past year. These include the passage of the Staffing for Adequate Firefighting and Emergency Response Act, record funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, passage of the Hometown Heroes Survivor Benefits Act, the reauthorization of the U.S. Fire Administration, the District of Columbia Military Retirement Equity Act and the Firefighting Research and Coordination Act.
Additional legislation introduced by Weldon during the 108th Congress included the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, the Homeland Security Technology Transfer Act and the Homeland Emergency Response and Operations (HERO) Act.
“It is an extraordinary honor to receive the first-ever lifetime achievement award from the largest and one of the most engaged fire service organizations” stated Weldon. Weldon further added, “It is my intention to continue to be the firefighter’s most steadfast advocate in Congress and I will not hold back until every firefighter, rescue worker and all first responders have the necessary resources, manpower, communications and technology to safely protect America from all hazards.”
Weldon, currently serving his ninth term in Congress, is a former Volunteer Fire Chief from his hometown in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. Weldon serves as Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and as a Member of the House Science Committee and the House Select Committee on Homeland Security.