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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.