April 28, 2005—Five members of Congress were recognized this month by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for their exemplary work relating to fire service activities.
Honored as NFPA Legislator of the Year for distinguished achievements from last year were Congressman Bob Etheridge of North Carolina; Congressman Edward Markey of Massachusetts; and Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Etheridge was cited for his authorship of the Hometown Heroes Survivor Benefits Act, which will provide benefits to public safety officers who die in the line of duty from heart attacks and strokes. Markey was credited for his advocacy and authorship of the Cigarette Fire Safety Act, which will require cigarettes sold in the United Statesto be self-extinguishing. McCain was honored for his leadership with the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, as well as for his advocacy for the Firefighting Research and Coordination Act, ensuring new firefighting equipment will adequately meet the needs of America’s firefighters.
NFPA Excellence in Fire Safety Awards, for longstanding support for fire safety, were given to Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Congressman Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania, both for their work with the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, and specifically for passage of key legislation including the Hotel-Motel Fire Safety Act and legislation which created the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
“NFPA is pleased to recognize the many accomplishments of these members of Congress,” said James M. Shannon, NFPA president. “The activities they have focused on continue to benefit fire safety for all of us, including our nation’s firefighters who face increasing dangers because of the continuing threat of terrorist attacks.”
The awards were presented to recipients in their Washingtonoffices by NFPA Vice President of Government Relations John Biechman.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.