Senate Saves USFA, SAFER, FIRE Grants

Senate Saves USFA, SAFER, FIRE Grants

News Nov 30, 2012

Senators apparently listened to the calls from the nation’s responders on Thursday as they voted unanimously to re-authorize the USFA as well as two important grant programs.

The amendment attached to the National Defense Authorization Act gives the USFA, SAFER and AFG programs a five-year reprieve, and also OKs changes to the grant applications.

After work is completed on the language, it will be headed to a Senate and House conference where legislators will hammer out their differences, explained Bill Webb, CFSI executive director.

The House version passed in May does not include the reauthorization.

“We got over a hurdle last night. But, we haven’t crossed the finish line just yet,” Webb said in a telephone interview.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Ok, penned an amendment to the measure that sunsets the grant programs in 2017.

Nonetheless, Webb said he is pleased the Senate passed the legislation to save the agency and the programs.

“There’s plenty of time to work about the sunset issue,” he said. “We have time to strategize…”

Improvements to the AFG and SAFER grant programs involve raising current grant caps, reducing the local match under FIRE, significantly simplifying the local match under SAFER, and providing waivers for communities facing significant economic hardship.

Webb added that it was obvious that legislators got the message loud and clear from responders.

Continue Reading

“It was democracy at its best. It was good to see people getting involved to make a difference. I think we’ve made all the calls we need to right now. We may have to be contacting them later because we’re in a short time frame.”

He also lauded senators for their work. "We are very grateful to Senator Lieberman and the co-sponsors of this amendment for working diligently to bring reauthorization of these programs one step closer to reality. We also extend our thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator John McCain, and Senator Carl Levin for their efforts."

Acushnet ambulances will be using Tylenol, Toradol, and ibuprofen as safer alternatives to fentanyl as the opioid epidemic continues to worsen.
Medline is one of the first to achieve a fentanyl-resistant product in response to the growing opioid epidemic.
A portion of ticket sales will help fund the monument in Keansburg, which will feature a piece of a steel beam from the World Trade Center.
The AAA honored SCCAD's efforts in combating the opioid epidemic with a 2017 AMBY Award in the category of Community Impact Program.
The funds will benefit organizations along the Hudson River such as Rockland Paramedic Services, Nyack Hospital, and Maternal Infant Services Network.
As one of the top ten most active emergency departments in the nation, Reading Hospital staff felt it was time to prepare for an active shooter event.
Doctors participating in Minnesota's Medicaid program could face warnings and even removal from the program if they exceed the new dosage limit for more than half of their patients.
The unique intelligence system delivers verified terror alerts within two minutes of a terror threat or attack anywhere in the world.
Over 100 EMS, fire and police personnel participated in a large-scale active shooter training event at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Tristan Meadows, leader for the campus group Students for Opioid Solutions, presented a bill to the UND School Senate to purchase 50 Narcan kits.
The LBKAlert system alerts community members through call, text or email notifications of emergency events and instructions on what actions to take to protect themselves.
Dispatchers at New Bern Police Department's communications center are now allowed to provide pre-arrival medical instructions to 9-1-1 callers.
Christopher Hunter, MD, discusses the medical response after the Pulse Nightclub attack and how comparing our experience to available evidence will improve understanding of the approach to an active shooter and mass fatality event.
The Wapello County Public Health Office will be distributing 12 Lifepak defibrillators to public locations to increase survival rates for heart attack and cardiac arrest victims.
AMR's Home for the Holidays program provides free rides to at least 40 patients in assisted living facilities to transport them to their loved ones.