Golden, Stauber Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Infrastructure for American Firefighters

August 16, 2019
Press Release
Golden and Stauber’s legislation would help develop policies to update and rebuild Maine fire stations, keep firefighters and communities safe

WASHINGTON —  Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) joined Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) to introduce bipartisan legislation to help improve infrastructure at America’s fire stations. The Fire Station Infrastructure Safety Act would provide data on the age and conditions of every fire station in the country, a key step for Congress to develop policies to update aging fire station infrastructure around the country. 

“From the full-time professionals to the volunteers, firefighters all over Maine go above and beyond for their communities,” Congressman Golden said. “We should honor their service and keep them safe by making sure they have the equipment and facilities they need to do their jobs. I'm proud to work across the aisle with Congressman Stauber to take this important step to support American firefighters."

“In times of crisis, our nation’s heroic firefighters are first on the scene, ready to help and oftentimes, willing to put their own lives in danger to save others,” Congressman Stauber said. “As a former law enforcement officer, I remain committed to ensuring the men and women who serve and protect our communities every day are adequately equipped to perform their jobs and return home safely, and I know this legislation will help do just that.”

“Fighting fires for a living is tough work. We’re proud to do it, but our jobs get even more demanding when the fire stations we live and work in are falling apart,” said John Martell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Maine. “Congress needs to take a serious look at how it can help fire crews in Maine and across our country update and improve their fire stations and I’m glad to see Congressman Golden leading the way. This bill is a much-needed first step to provide our nations firefighters with the critical infrastructure they need to keep our communities safe far into the future.”

Both Golden and Stauber are members of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.