Fire Service Leaders Show Unity on Capitol Hill

There was an encouraging show of unity when 16 national fire organizations attended an informal summit conference in Washington, DC, to express their frustration over the role of the fire-rescue services within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS...


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This is aimed at overcoming the problem of ODP refusing to recognize state and local fire training facilities and instructors as qualified to deliver advanced anti-terrorism training. There is no reason why they cannot train firefighters to meet national standards in any fire-rescue skill; they’ve only been doing it for more than 100 years.

It’s worth noting that the conference carefully labeled its five points as “goals” rather than “demands.” There’s a big difference and no one wants a confrontation, but they do want to be heard and they want some things to change inside DHS. The next step is to seek a meeting with Secretary Chertoff, where fire service leaders can present their recommendations and, hopefully, start a dialogue that may help solve some of these problems.