NFSA is very happy to report that hard work, dedication, and commitment have paved the way for the inclusion of fire sprinkler incentives in recent tax reform and the passage of the official Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Your NFSA team on Capitol Hill includes Vickie Pritchett, Director of Outreach and Government Relations; Jim Dalton, Senior Policy Advisor; and Andy Quinn of McAllister & Quinn. NFSA President Shane Ray is also consistently involved with our engagement in our nation’s capitol.
“The successful inclusion of fire sprinklers in tax reform is a result of years of steadfast work to educate,” explains Pritchett. “Our fire service allies — including the Congressional Fire Services Institute, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Common Voices, National Volunteer Fire Council, National Fire Protection Association, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, and others were difference makers. The advocates' voices made a difference as we worked to bring the stories to life, so legislators would understand and support fire safety inclusion in the incentive package.”
Rob Feeney, Common Voices advocate and Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors member, was involved throughout the years and summed up our feeling on the hard-won passage:
“Finally! All the hard work was worth it. Lives will be saved as business owners make improvements and include fire sprinklers."