Over the course of Hill Day, groups of advocates met with dozens of House and Senate offices to promote several pieces of legislation that are vitally important to campus fire safety.
|Campus Fire Safety Education is of utmost importance in today's educational infrastructure
On March 23, National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) staff participated in Campus Fire Safety Hill Day, along with a number of individuals and representatives of other fire service organizations. Over the course of the day, groups of advocates met with dozens of House and Senate offices to promote several pieces of legislation that are vitally important to campus fire safety, including:
The Honorable Stephanie Tubbs Jones College Fire Prevention Act (H.R. 2136 and S. 1791), which provides colleges and universities with matching grant dollars to pay for installation of life-safety systems such as automatic fire sprinklers and fire alarms.
The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (H.R. 1194 and S. 2947), which reduces the tax depreciation schedule on automatic fire sprinkler systems installed in commercial property from 39 or 27 years (depending on the type of property) to five years. This bill provides a tax incentive to property owners to install fire sprinkler systems and is one of the NVFC's top legislative priorities.
The Campus Fire Safety Education Act (H.R. 4908 and S. 3142), which provides matching grant funds to schools to develop and deliver campus fire safety education programs.
A full re-cap of Campus Fire Safety Hill Day appeared in the March issue of Campus Firewatch, a monthly, electronic newsletter focusing on the complex issues of campus fire safety.