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									SAMPLE LETTER 1 | Equipment & services

(DATE)


The Honorable [Representative or Senator’s Name]
United States [House of Representatives/Senate]
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear [Representative/Senator & Last Name],

          We are writing to express our support for full funding of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)
program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security. AFG funds have helped tens of thousands of fire
and rescue departments nationwide properly support and train their first responders, purchase badly needed
equipment, and prepare for a variety of hazards.
          The Fire Grants program is currently authorized by Congress through 2010 for $1 billion per year. This
fiscal year, 2008, Congress appropriated just over half this authorized amount—$560 million. In his budget request
for fiscal year 2009, the President recommended cutting the Fire Grants program even further to only $300 million.
We believe that this is detrimental to the safety and well-being of the general public.
          The nation’s 1.1 million first responders are the front-line defense to all hazards that confront communities,
including natural disasters, fire, emergency medical response, man-made or terrorist WMD events and others. In
total, the nation’s first responders make over 24 million calls a year to serve the public. This includes over 1.6
million fire related responses, saving not only lives but billions of dollars of property loss.
          Among the Fire Grants, a majority go to volunteer fire and rescue departments. Volunteer firefighters make
up 72% of the nation’s firefighting force. These volunteer men and women save localities across the country an
estimated $37.2 billion a year. The Fire Grants program helps first responder organizations purchase equipment that
meets the latest safety standards—equipment that helps ensure their safety and enhances their ability to respond to
emergencies and save lives.
          In short, the fire and rescue service is vital to America’s security, and the Fire Grants program is essential
to the nation’s first responders. That’s why we support full funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and all
the programs designed to equip, train, and protect the nation’s first responders.

       [Insert a paragraph here about your company. You can mention how many people you employ, what you
manufacture, and your impact on and contribution to your state and congressional district.]

         Thank you for your service to our state and our nation, and thank you for your support for the Assistance to
Firefighters Grants program.

Sincerely,

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SAMPLE LETTER 2 | Apparatus

(DATE)

The Honorable [Representative or Senator’s Name]
United States [House of Representatives/Senate]
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear [Representative/Senator & Last Name],

We are writing to express our full support for full funding of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program,
administered by the Department of Homeland Security. COMPANY NAME is a manufacturer of PRODUCT
serving the fire and emergency services industry. We employ NUMBER OF PEOPLE within the NUMBER
Congressional District. We are communicating to you today to ask for your support on this key fire service and
industry issue.

Approximately 49% of all fire engines are at least 15 years old.
        14,000 or 17% of all engines are 15-19 years old.
        15,700 or 19% are 20-29 years old.
        10,900 or 13% are over 30 years old.
66% of fire department has protective clothing at least 10 years old.
65% of fire departments do not have enough portable radios for everyone on shift.

Full Funding of the Fire Act Grant – Unfortunately, over the years, this program has not been funded to the
approved and authorized levels. It is critical to the fire service that we continue to fund this program to ensure our
nation’s first responders have the proper equipment and technology they need to get the job done. An additional
benefit of this program, realized here locally, is that jobs are being created in order to manufacture the equipment
being purchased throughout the U.S. with this grant funding. In brief, this program helps equip the fire service that
protects our citizens and it creates jobs right here in CITY OR TOWN. We urge you or your staff to review
information on who has been awarded grants in your district and state at www.firegrantdata.com.

Full Funding of the (SAFER) grants – The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants
play a vital role in ensuring trained personnel for the fire service. SAFER was created to provide funding directly
to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase the number of trained,
"front-line" firefighters available for public service in their communities. In addition, this program benefits the local
community as it supports hiring and retaining fire fighters, creating good jobs here and around the nation. SAFER
not only assists with paid personnel it also helps in the recruitment and retention of volunteers which is a very large
portion of our nation’s fire service. Of the estimated 1,180,250 nationally, roughly 73% are volunteers. I urge you
or a member of your staff to visit www.firegrantsupport.com/docs/2006SAFERApps.pdf to learn more about the
distribution of the grant funds and see for yourself the positive impact it has on the safety of our communities.

In closing, we ask your strongest support for full funding of grant programs for the first responders of our nation.
There is no doubt the term “First Responder” is correct in that the men and woman of the fire service will always be
the first to arrive at any incident or calamity we encounter. I think you will also agree that this is a great way to
ensure the strength of our economy and create jobs locally.

We look forward to your support and thank you for your service to our state and country.

Sincerely,

								
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