CONGRESSIONAL FIRE SERVICES INSTITUTE FORMALLY ENDORSES D BLOCK ALLOCATION TO PUBLIC SAFETY;
40 Leading Organizations Unanimously Approve Resolution
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 8, 2011 – The Congressional Fire Services Institute's National Advisory Committee (NAC) passed a resolution earlier today endorsing allocation of the D Block to public safety and providing federal funding resources for the build out, operation and maintenance of a nationwide public safety wireless interoperable broadband network.
“The CFSI, which is composed of the nation’s leading fire service organizations to include the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Volunteer Fire Council and others is the latest in a growing number of powerful public safety organizations to call for allocation of the D Block to first responders with significant federal funding,” said PSA spokesman Sean Kirkendall, “There is no cause more important today to the safety of all Americans and the well being of first responders. We urge every lawmaker to be on the right side of history and pass legislation before September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”
NAC is a group within CFSI that is made up of more than 40 trade and issue organizations, as well as professional associations including the leading fire service organizations in the country. The NAC convenes semiannually in Washington, DC to discuss federal issues that impact all first responders, and its unanimous endorsement comes just one day after the CFSI’s 23rd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. More than 2,000 people attended and past speakers have included Vice President Joe Biden, President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. For more than two decades, the CFSI has educated members of Congress about the needs and challenges of the nation’s fire and emergency services, so that the federal government provides necessary training and funding. Indeed, CFSI works closely with the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the largest caucus in Congress with more than 320 members, and is Chaired by Congressman Peter King, along with seven congressional co-chairs including Senator John McCain, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Dodd, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Congressman Rob Andrews and Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. Both Senator McCain and Congressman Peter King have come out in strong support of D block allocation and funding. For more information on the D block allocation, visit www.psafirst.org.