May 1, 2020
Today, as President of the Western Fire Chiefs Association, I issued letters to the Honorable Members of the United StatesHouse of Representatives and United States Senate on behalf of the WFCA Executive Board, and our members in AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WPI, urging Congress to provide an additional $5 billion for AFG and $5 billion for SAFER grants.
It is important that this funding waive the normal statutory process and waive any local share matches in order to expedite the relief that our Fire Service desperately needs during this crisis. IAFC President Gary Ludwig has worked tirelessly for our Fire Service as a whole, advocating to Congress and the White House since this crisis began to address our need for PPE, prioritization of PPE to Fire-EMS agencies, and our dire need for financial relief.
Please join me in supporting President Ludwig's advocacy efforts by contacting your Senators and Representatives through the IAFC Legislative Action Center. A template message is provided and will only take a minute to complete: https://www.iafc.org/topics-and-tools/legislative-issues/action-center.
View President Ludwig's Call to Action video message here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHbjYHqVDfU.
Please be safe out there, we will get through this together.
Yours in Service,
Chief Jeff Tucker
President of the Western Fire Chiefs Association