A bipartisan group of Senators and Homeland Security Committee members introduced the U.S. Fire Administration Reauthorization Act of 2012. Authored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R- Maine), Tom Carper, (D-Del.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.), the act would reauthorize the through 2017.
"The U.S. Fire Administration plays a key role in educating the public about fire safety and in keeping firefighters well trained, so they can perform their jobs safely and expertly," Lieberman said during the introduction of the bill.
The USFA Reauthorization Act of 2012 is supported by the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council. Dave Finger, NVFC's director of government relations, said while the reauthorization in 2008 included program-based revisions to the act, the 2012 version focuses specifically on extending the USFA's funding for five years.
"It is part of a normal process of Congress," Finger said.