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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

President’s FY 2021 Budget Request Is a Mixed Bag for Fire Service

On February 10, President Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget. Overall, the numbers are mixed. The Administration proposes increasing the U.S. Fire Administration’s budget to $49.716 million. The Urban Areas Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program would take cuts of approximately 36 percent and 41 percent, respectively. The Assistance to Firefighters (AFG/FIRE) and SAFER grant program would take small cuts down to $344.344 million. The Volunteer Fire Assistance program also would receive a small cut under the President’s budget.

The Administration also proposes a $406.909 million National Security and Resilience Grant Program to provide financial assistance on a competitive basis to non-federal entities to address specific, existing and emerging threats as identified by the Secretary. It also proposes $20 million for necessary expenses for targeted violence terrorism prevention programs. It proposes a 25% non-federal match for the State Homeland Security Grant Program & Urban Areas Security Initiative.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration also took some cuts. The Administration proposed cutting the “Hazardous Materials Safety” account by $300,000 to $60,700,000. The “Pipeline Safety” account would be cut by $5 million to $163 million. The “Emergency Preparedness Grants” account remained funded at $28,318,000, and included the language authorizing the ALERT grants.

Read more at the International Association of Fire Chiefs

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