W. Craig Fugate began serving as administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2009. Prior to coming to FEMA, he was director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), which coordinated disaster response, recovery, preparedness and mitigation efforts with...
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FUGATE: It is interesting; overall I have been pleasantly surprised. I had a good sense that I was joining a team that had a lot of great folks and I am very proud to have joined the team.
FIREHOUSE: Is there any other message that you would like to convey to responders?
FUGATE: As one last message of this interview, I want to say thank you, on behalf of FEMA, to all of the first responders for what they do every day, and we recognize we are part of their team.
CHARLES L. WERNER, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a 34-year veteran of the fire service and chief of the Charlottesville, VA, Fire Department. He serves on the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, Virginia Secure Commonwealth Panel, National Public Safety Telecommunications Council Governing Board and IAFC Communications Committee. Werner is chair of the IAFC Technology Council, first vice president of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and chair of the DHS SAFECOM Executive Committee.