skip to main content

H.R. 11291 (95th): A bill to authorize appropriations for the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, and to change the name of the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration to the United States Fire Administration.


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 5, 1978 (Passed Congress).


92 STAT. 932                        PUBLIC LAW 95-422—OCT. 5, 1978

                  Public Law 95-422
                  95th Congress   ,.,.ij;
                                                       i.n Act
 Oct. 5. 1978     To authorize appropriations for the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act
 [H.R. 11291]       of 1974, and to change the name of the National Fire Prevention and Control
                    Administration to the United States Firfe Administration.

                     Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the
Federal Fire      United States of America in Congress assemhled, That (a) section 17
Prevention and    of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C.
Control Act of    2216) is amended—
1974,                      (1) by striking out "except section 11 of this Act," and insert
amendment.             in lieu thereof "except as otherwise specifically provided, with
Appropriation
authorization.          respect to the payment of claims, under section 11 of this Act,";
                           (2) by striking out "and" after "September 30,1977,"; and
                           (3) by inserting immediately after "1978" the following: ", and
                       not to exceed $24,352,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30,
                        1979".
Appropriation        (b) Section 16(b) of the Act of March 3,1901 (15 U.S.C. 278f ( b ) ) ,
authorization.    is amended—
                           (1) by striking out "and" after "September 30,1977,", and
                           (2) by inserting immediately after "1978" the following: ", and
                       not to exceed $5,600,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30,
                        1979".
National Fire        SEC. 2. (a) (1) Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the Federal Fire Prevention
Prevention and    and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2202-2204) are amended by strik-
Control           ing out "National Fire Prevention and Control Administration" each
Administration,   place it appears and inserting in lieu thereof "United States Fire
name change.
                  Administration".
                     (2) The heading of section 5 of such Act is amended by striking out
                  "NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL ADMINISTRATION" and insert-
                  ing in lieu thereof "UNITED STATES FIRE ADMINISTRATION".
                     (b) Section 16(a) of the Act of March 3,1901 (15 U.S.C. 278f ( a ) ) ,
                  is amended by striking out "National Fire Prevention and Control
                  Administration" in the matter preceding paragraph (1) and inserting
                  in lieu thereof "United States Fire Administration".
                     (c) Section 12(g) of the Act of February 14,1903 (15 U.S.C. 1511),
                  is amended by striking out "National Fire Prevention and Control
                  Administration" and inserting in lieu thereof "United States Fire
                  Administration".
                     SEC. 3. (a) The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974
                   (15 U.S.C. 2201 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end thereof the
                  following new section:

                  »*                " F E D E R A L PROGRAMS TO   COMBAT ARSON      '»   J-;! *ri

15 use 2220.           "SEC. 24. (a) The Administrator shall—
                            "(1) develop arson detection techniques to assist Federal agen-
                         cies and States and local jurisdictions in improving arson preven-
                         tion, detection, and control;
                            "(2) provide training and instructional materials in the skills
                         and knowledge necessary to assist Federal, State, and local fire
                         service and law enforcement personnel in arson prevention, detec-
                         tion, and control;

PUBLIC LAW 95-422—OCT. 5, 1978 92 STAT. 933 "(3) formulate methods for collection of arson data which would be compatible with methods of collection used for the uniform crime statistics of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; "(4) develop and implement programs for improved collection of nationwide arson statistics within the National Fire Incident Reporting System at the National Fire Data Center; "(5) develop programs for public education on the extent, causes, and prevention of arson; and "(6) develop handbooks to assist Federal, State, and local fire service and law enforcement personnel in arson prevention and detection. "(b) (1) The Administrator shall prepare and submit to Congress, Report to not later than March 15, 1979, a report on ways in which the Federal Congress. Government may better assist the States and local jurisdictions in providing for more effective arson prevention, detection, and control. Such report shall include, but need not be limited to— "(A) (i) an assessment of State and local capabilities in regard to arson investigation and detection; and "(ii) an evaluation of the necessity for and the desirability of Federal supplementation of such State and local capabilities or other Federal assistance in arson detection; "(B) a summary of Federal programs which seek to reduce arson; "(C) an identification and analysis of existing Federal and State laws which may contribute to the incidence of arson; "(D) recommendations for additional legislation or otlier pro- grams, including research programs, or policies which may be required to assist in reducing arson in the United States; and " ( E ) an assessment, where practical, of the costs and benefits of those programs and activities cited in paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (a) or recommended by the Administration. "(2) Of the ftmds authorized to be appropriated in section 17 of this Act, $100,000 shall be available in fiscal year 1979 for carrying 15 USC 2216. out the purposes of paragraph (1) of this subsection.". (b) Section 16(a)(1) of the Act of March 3, 1901 (15 U.S.C. 278f(a) (1)), as amended, is further amended by— (1) striking out "and" at the end of clause (G) thereof; (2) adding "and" at the end of clause (H) thereof; and (3) adding at the end thereof the following: " (I) methods, procedures, and equipment for arson preven- tion, detection, and investigation;". SEC. 4. The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2201 et seq,), as amended by section 3 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end thereof the following new section: "ACADEMY SITE "SEC. 25. (a) The Administrator is authorized to sell the former 15 USC 2221. Marjorie Webster Junior College facility, located in Washington, D.C., which was previously purchased as the site for the Academy. In the event of the sale of such facility, the Administrator shall estab- Academy lish within the Administration an Academy Acquisition and Construc- Acquisition and tion Account (hereinafter referred to as the 'Account'), and shall Construction deposit into such Account only the proceeds from the sale of such Account. facility. Following such deposit, the Administrator shall calculate
92 STAT. 934 PUBLIC LAW 95-422—OCT. 5, 1978 the sum of both the funds deposited into the Account, and the total monies which have been or may be appropriated for the acquisition, construction, and/or rehabilitation of a site for the Academy. If the Administrator finds that the total amount so calculated would exceed $9,000,000, the Administrator shall deduct from the Account the difference between this combined total and $9,000,000, and shall deposit such difference into the Treasury as miscellaneous receipts. "(b) The Administrator is thereafter authorized and directed to retain and apply funds in the Account for the acquisition, construction, and/or rehabilitation of any site which may be selected, together with such other monies as have been or may be appropriated for such pur- poses, except that the total authorized expenditure for such monies shall not exceed $9,000,000. Such sums shall remain available until expended.". Approved October 5, 1978. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORT No. 95-992 (Coram, on Science and Technology). SENATE REPORT No. 95-798 accompanying S.1794 (Comm. on Commerce, Science and Transportation). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, VoL 124 (1978): May 15, considered and passed House. June 13, considered and passed Senate, amended, in lieu of S. 1794. Sept. 2 1 , House concurred in Senate amendment with an amendment. Sept. 22, Senate concurred in House amendment.