Senator, who spoke to International Association of Firefighters conference this week, meets with Missouri firefighters to discuss public safety, funding challenges
Missouri’s State Council of Firefighters today met with U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill to discuss their commitment to public safety and the funding challenges they face. McCaskill yesterday addressed the International Association of Firefighters, of which the Missouri group is a member.
“There’s truly no better friend to have than a firefighter,” said McCaskill, a former Kansas City arson prosecutor. “That’s not just because they can rescue you from a burning building, but because they’re the folks whose sacrifices make our communities great and keep our families safe. So we’ve got to do our part to make sure their government’s priorities reflect the lifesaving value firefighters provide in every city and town across Missouri.”
As a young Jackson County prosecutor, McCaskill was tasked with prosecuting arson cases in the city, and spoke to today’s group about her experience learning the ropes from Kansas City Local 42.
McCaskill also discussed the importance of renewing all of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants grant programs, including the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants, or SAFER grants, and FIRE grants, to assist local fire departments with staffing and training resources, and ensure communities have adequate protection from fire hazards.
McCaskill is a longtime supporter of grant funding for local law enforcement in Missouri through the Justice Department’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which allows state and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime.
Aiming to help Missouri families of fallen public safety officers, McCaskill has also urged an expedited process for families facing backlogged claim benefits awaiting resolution of their Public Safety Officer Benefits claims.