Larsen Applauds Passage of $750 Million Grants Programs to Assist Firefighters and Emergency First Responders

Dec 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the United States Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 4661). The bill authorizes $750 million for both the Assistance to Firefights Grant (AFG) awards and Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) programs.  These grant programs help provide training and equipment to firefighters and emergency first responders. In the past two years, nine local fire departments in Washington’s Second Congressional District have received funding under these programs.

“SAFER and AFG provide firefighters and emergency responders the tools needed to save lives in our community,” said Larsen. “I will continue to work for local first responders by supporting these programs and I thank all first responders and fire fighters for putting your own lives on the line every day for others.”

The bill passed the House of Representatives by voice vote yesterday. Larsen signed a letter of support for the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act earlier this month.