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CONGRESS APPROVES USFA REAUTHORIZATION:
Fire Administrator Position Reestablished
(Washington, DC) Following actions taken by the U.S. Senate last night to approve USFA Reauthorization Act, the U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously approved S. 1152, the United States Fire Administration Reauthorization Act. The measure, sponsored by Senator John McCain (AZ), mirrors H.R. 2692, the House version sponsored by Congressman Nick Smith (MI) with minor differences. Prior to voting on the measure, the House and Senate agreed to voting on the Senate bill to avoid a conference between the two legislative bodies which would have delayed final passage to next year. The measure will now be sent to the White House for the President¹s
Among the provision of the bill is the reestablishment of the United States Fire Administrator. USFA has technically been operating without an administrator since Congress approved the authorizing legislation to create the Department of Homeland Security. The Homeland Security measure inadvertently eliminated the U.S. Fire Administrator position.
In addition, the bill includes the Firefighting Research and Coordination Act, a measure sponsored by Senator McCain and Congressman Dave Camp (MI). This measure will advocate the development of standards for new firefighting technologies among other provision to improve the readiness and capabilities of first responders.
³We applaud the efforts of the Chairmen [Senator McCain and Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (NY)] and Ranking members [Senator Ernest Hollings (SC) and Congressman Ralph Hall (TX)] of the Senate Commerce Committee and House Science Committee,² said CFSI Executive Director Bill Webb. ³Throughout this entire process, they reached out to the fire service organizations for input on this measure and made it a bipartisan effort.²
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11-24-2003, 12:37 PM #1
US Fire Administrator Position ReestablishedIACOJ Agitator
Fightin' Da Man Since '78!
11-24-2003, 01:24 PM #2
Nice to see this got taken care of. Now we have our seat at the table in the DHS dining room."We shouldn't be opening firehouses in Baghdad and closing them in New York City."
11-25-2003, 10:48 AM #3
I agree. Another small step in the right direction.ullrichk
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