On January 2, 2018, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs will be eliminated if Congress does not act to extend them. In August the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S. 829, which extends the grants through FY 2023 and eliminates the "sunset" provision in current law stipulating the elimination of the programs. The House has yet to act on S. 829 or any AFG/SAFER reauthorization bill.
On November 16, the co-chairs of the House Fire Services Caucus circulated a sign-on letter to the Republican and Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives asking them to bring S. 829 to the House floor for a vote. If the House passes S. 829 unchanged it would go to the President's desk to be signed into law, saving these critical grant programs. Use the NVFC's Legislative Action Center to contact your U.S. Representative and tell them to co-sign the letter to save the AFG and SAFER grants!