The President of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) thinks Congress is going to come up with more money for fire services. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) allocated $210-million for reconstruction of fire stations, and allocated another $8-billion-plus that may or may not be used for public safety.
FirefighterNation says IAFF’s Harold Schaitberger doesn’t think ARRA provided enough money for fire services, has been making his opinion known to Congress, and seems to think he’s being heard. He said there’s a “solution ready to go forward, we’re just waiting for the right vehicle to push it through.”
We certainly hope Schaitberger is being heard. He’s right; firefighters were slighted. The first version of the economic stimulus law included twice as much money for the fire service.
And, hats off to FirefighterNation for noting that firefighters could get funding through the state stabilization funds. It’s still not too late to impact the stabilization fund spending decisions. Businesses serving fire should get on the band wagon and make their voices heard to local and state politicians.