“These additional funds made available for SAFER and FIRE Act will help ensure fire departments nationwide have the personnel, equipment and training they so clearly need,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “I am also pleased with the additional funds made available for USAR. “The additional dollars made available for equipment is a small step in the right direction.”
Funding for Fiscal Year 2017 was delayed after the presidential election last November to give President Trump the opportunity to include his budget priorities. The administration has not weighed in on the majority of the programs and agencies funded by the final bill, choosing instead to focus on drafting the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.
That draft, due to Congress before the end of the month, will set the stage for debate over funding in the coming year.
Originally posted on IAFF.org