N.Y. Rep. Arcuri scores endorsements for fire detection bill

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

WASHINGTON--A bill that would encourage nursing homes, hospices and assisted living homes to install fire detection equipment by establishing a demonstration incentive grant program was introduced by Congressman Michael Arcuri (D-N.Y.) on June 27.
"The congressman really did his homework," said John Chwat, legislative director for the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association. "He circulated the bill and secured the support of four organizations prior to introducing the bill," he said.
The organizations that endorsed the bill are: the Assisted Living Federation of America; the National Fire Prevention Association; the National Center for Assisted Living; and the New York State Health Facilities Association.
The grant program would be administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. The bill calls for the authorization of $40,000,000 to be appropriated for each fiscal year, 2008 through 2012.
The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Chwat noted that HR 2882 is the second fire detection bill introduced in this Congress. (The other is the College Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Act, introduced by Vito Fossella (R-NY.) The NBFAA believes there is good awareness of fire suppression (sprinkler technology) on the Hill; it seeks now to raise awareness about fire detection.