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    Default Bush continues to cut the NFA

    Got this from the chief of our department.

    THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE NEWLETTER FOR THE SOCIETY OF NATIONAL FIRE
    ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO BELIEVE THAT THE PROGRAMS OF THE
    NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY AND THE UNITED STATES FIRE ADMINISTRATION ARE
    IMPORTANT TO THE FIRE AND ALLIED EMERGENCY SERVICES NOW IS THE TIME TO
    ACT.

    THE FUTURE OF THE NFA AND THE USFA ARE AT STAKE. I HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED
    WITH
    ACADEMY AS AN ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND SEE MANY UPS AND
    DOWNS, BUT THE CURRENT STATUS IS THE WORST I HAVE EVER SEEN. ACT NOW OR
    THESE WILL THESE PROGRAMS WILL BE ONLY A MEMORY.

    THE BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL BEGINS!
    We Open Fire on January 21st!
    The Game Plan, If you really care about your National Fire Academy, what
    it has done to improve life and fire protection for this nation, how it
    has positively affected your home department in knowledge, skills, and
    abilities, then YOU must take an active part in getting the Congress and
    President to restore the funding that the bureaucrats in the Department of
    Homeland Security (DHS) have taken away over the past three years.

    All of you are critical players in the war to reverse the trend that has
    reduced the USFA budget by over 50% in the past 10 months. If this money
    were going back to the General Fund to reduce the debt, maybe, there would
    be less opposition from the fire service. But, it isn't going there, it is
    going to other non-fire programs in DHS.

    They are picking our pockets to fund law enforcement programs, not much
    different than what FEMA did to us in the 1980s. We fought them then and
    won; we must do it all over again. The script is the same, only the
    players have changed. We are again fighting for the survival of the USFA
    and NFA. If we fail, we only have ourselves to blame.

    The Budget Reduction Details and Talking Points
    USFA Budget - Dollars in Millions (rounded)
    2002 - 64.8 million
    2003 - 52.8 million
    2004 - 51.7 million
    2005 - 51.3 million*
    * 2005 is a projected number before the latest cuts.
    As can readily be seen, the USFA budget has lost $13.5 million since 2002.
    Programs that USFA does for the National fire service has decreased by
    $13.4 million. This is where the rubber meets the road. DHS has diverted
    this money to other programs in the DHS.
    Loss Since 2002
    2002 - 30.6 million
    2003 - 24.7 million
    2004 - 23.1 million
    2005 - 19.2 million*
    * 2005 is the actual monies allocated after the latest cuts.
    NFA has lost $1.1 million, mostly from the Simulation Lab ($300,000) and
    some from printing (if you don't have new/revised courses, why do you have
    to print?) etc.
    Nation Fire Programs has lost $9.1 million, mostly in course development,
    course revisions, and outreach (prevention, partnering with other
    organizations, tech assistance, and major fire reports).
    The Fire Data Center has been crippled.

    More Talking Points
    Again, these cuts in Fire Programs are extremely dangerous because they
    prevent our ability to grow and produce the types of courses that are so
    dearly needed by the American fire service. We could be on the verge of
    extinction (and I think that is what the police/terrorism oriented DHS
    leadership wants).

    Funds for all programs which do not directly generate student numbers have
    been reduced, including course development, course revisions, and TRADE
    activities.

    Funding for the National Fire Data Center has been severely reduced.
    Funding for technology development initiative such as the simulation lab
    and distance education projects have been reduced.
    The Executive Fire Officer budget has been reduced from $233,000 to
    $65,000.
    The Harvard Executive Fellowship has been eliminated.
    The NFA has become bureaucratically buried within the massive Department
    of Homeland Security.
    The functions and responsibilities of FEMA, a former cabinet-level agency,
    have been spread across a wide variety of divisions, branches, and
    agencies within DHS. While the need for the number and types of courses
    offered by the NFA continues to increase, the Federal resources required
    to meet these needs have been significantly reduced.

    Precisely at the same time that the NIMS Integration Center (NIC) has
    emphasized training as a priority for DHS grants to the States, we have
    others in DHS cutting the USFA/NFA budget and moving that money to other
    parts of DHS for terrorism and other efforts.

    The American fire, rescue, and EMS services need, more than ever,
    effective training to be prepared for terrorism events. Because of the
    budget cuts, contemporary course materials and new courses will not be
    available for this effort.

    It seems that DHS does not care about the fire service or any aspect of
    prevention or anything that furthers the cause of fire service
    preparedness.

    What You Need You To Do
    Using the details and talking points, put together a letter that can be
    sent to your Congressperson and two Senators. You can find their snail
    mail addresses at http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/.

    At this site you can get the President's, Senators, and Congresspersons
    snail mail addresses for your State and District. Go there now and get
    them and write them down. The letters to the two Senators and
    Congressperson can be virtually the same letter. The one to the President
    should be somewhat more direct about what DHS is doing to the fire
    service.

    Also, get others from your agencies and departments to write a letter. The
    more the better - especially, the chief of department. Use department or
    agency letterhead where possible. EACH OF YOU IS CRITICAL IN THIS BATTLE.
    WITHOUT A MASSIVE INPUT OF MAIL TO POLITICIANS, WE WILL FAIL. PLEASE DO
    YOUR PART. WE ASK ONLY ABOUT A HALF HOUR OF YOUR TIME.

    DHS reports to aver 80 committees in Congress. Your Congressperson and
    Senators are probably on at least one of those committees. WRITE THEM!!
    Do Not mail the letters until January 21, 2005. We are working with a
    large segment of the fire service community and would like to have the
    largest impact that is possible.

    Please be aware that e-mails are an ineffective way of getting change to
    happen in Congress.


    Dr. James G. Munger, Ph.D., MIFireE, CFPS
    James G. Munger and Associates, Inc
    1504 Main Avenue NE
    PO Box 1773
    Cullman, AL 35056
    www.jgmunger.com
    Voice (256) 739-3755
    Fax (256) 739-2465
    Cell (301) 988-0665


    Dr. James G. Munger, Ph.D., MIFireE, CFPS
    James G. Munger and Associates, Inc
    1504 Main Avenue NE
    PO Box 1773
    Cullman, AL 35056
    www.jgmunger.com
    Voice (256) 739-3755
    Fax (256) 739-2465
    Cell (301) 988-0665
    Politics is like driving. To go forward select "D", to go backward select "R."


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    Default whats the address to get on there mailing list

    scfire86

    what is the address to get on there mailing list, (not as an instructror just gen info) I recently attended the VIP program and they told us how but they did it at graduation and i did not have pin and paper.

    You can tell they are low on money with all the broken concrete side walks and all, But I do incurage anyone/every one to go take a class, they are no longer mailing out the big books on class scedules due to money also.

    but if you get there you wont regret it.

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