FY 2022 Appropriations Bills Contain Increases for Fire and EMS Programs

The House Appropriations Subcommittees have begun work on FY 2022 appropriations legislation, and the bills as introduced include increases for a number of programs that assist fire and EMS agencies.

H.R. 4331, the FY 2022 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, provides $370 million each for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs, an increase of $10 million for each program. H.R. 4331 also provides $53.212 million for the U.S. Fire Administration, an increase of nearly $4 million over the FY 2021 level.

H.R. 4372, the FY 2022 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Act, provides $20 million for the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program. That represents a $1 million increase over the level provided in FY 2021.

H.R. 4502, the FY 2022 Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Act, provides $2.5 million for the National Firefighter Registry, which will track incidences of firefighter cancer. $2.5 million represents full funding – the highest level of funding authorized for the Registry.