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House Proceeding 11-18-09 on Nov 18th, 2009 :: 0:26:35 to 0:30:45
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David Wu

0:26:32 to 0:26:52( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: yield five minutes to mr. wu, the chairman of the subcommittee. the chair: the gentleman from oregon, mr. wu, is recognized for five minutes. mr. wu: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise in strong support of this legislation which re-authorizes the a.f.g. and

David Wu

0:26:35 to 0:30:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Wu

David Wu

0:26:53 to 0:27:13( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: safer grant programs. these programs help kee firefighters and the public safety and i want to commend chairman gordon's leadership in bringing this crucial legislation to the floor today. mr. mitchell's contributions to this legislation, mr. hoyer for in bringing this legislation to the floor, and mr. pascrell for

David Wu

0:27:14 to 0:27:35( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: originating the legislation nine years ago and carrying this bill for many years. over the past nine years, the a.f.g. program has provided nearly $5 billion in competitive awards to help local fire departments purchase equipment, training and other crucial resources. this program's played a vital role in improving the readiness

David Wu

0:27:36 to 0:27:58( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: and capabilities of fire departments across the country. despite the program's success so far, an alarming number of local fire departm without adequate traing and equipment. the fire grant program helps address crucial shortfalls, and this bill will further empower the federal government to assist local fire departments

David Wu

0:27:59 to 0:28:19( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: as they improve their capabilities. a.f.g. also supports fire prevention and safety grants which help provide smoke detectors, fire prevention education and research to reduce the causes of fire and fire-related injury and death. 3,000 americans die every year in fires.

David Wu

0:28:20 to 0:28:41( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: we have made progress, and i'm proud of the progress the science and committee has made in advancing the goals of the fire grant program. this bill also re-authorizes the safer program which provides funding to help fire departments maintain adequate staffing levels. through the safer program, the federal government has provided

David Wu

0:28:42 to 0:29:03( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: nearly $700 million to local fire departments in the past four years, funding that is especially crucial during the current economic downturn. and i have to note that the changes in matching requirements are especially helpful in these hard economic times. at a time when many local governments are facing major budget shortfalls and cuts in

David Wu

0:29:04 to 0:29:24( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: services, federal support to fire departments is crucial to public safety. it is particularly important in oregon where the unemployment rate is at about 11 1/2 percent. the bill is animportant step forward in our efforts to protect communities across the country and the firefighters who serve them. i'm particularly proud of my

David Wu

0:29:25 to 0:29:46( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: subcommittee's work on this very important piece of legislation. for more than six months it has worked with multiple fire service organizations to identify opportunities to improve the a.f.g. and safer grant programs, culminating in hearings held earlier this year. and in that context, i want to especially thank megan

David Wu

0:29:47 to 0:30:07( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: cartwright for her hard work in this field. the bill addresses the needs and priorities identified by fire service experts, and i'm grateful for the cooperation of the international association of fire chiefs, the international association of firefighters, the national voluntee national fire protection association, and the

David Wu

0:30:08 to 0:30:30( Edit History Discussion )

David Wu: congressional fire services institute. y'all's ability to come together on this legislation made our job much, much easier. this bill improves the safer and a.f.g. programs by ensuring that fire departments with the greatest need will be able to apply r funding. the bill also provides for an equitable balance in the distribution of grant funding

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