For The Record 5/12

March Line-of-Duty Deaths Seven firefighters died in March. Three volunteer firefighters and four career firefighters died in seven separate incidents. Five deaths were health related, one death was the result of fireground operations and one death...


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Rockefeller’s public safety legislation allocates 10 MHz of radio spectrum in the 700 MHz band (commonly referred to as the “D-Block”) to public safety for the purpose of building a nationwide broadband communications network. It won’t cost taxpayers a penny and provides funding that will be raised through the auction of additional radio spectrum currently held by the federal government to pay for construction of the new public safety network.

 “This legislation is about protecting the safety of every American, and now because of it, our firefighters, police officers, and EMS workers will have the tools they need to do their jobs,” said Senator Rockefeller. “This legislation has been one of my top priorities, and a more than 10-year long effort. I’m thrilled that it’s finally law.”

 

Maldonado Named FDNY Associate Commissioner for Compliance

FDNY Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano has appointed José Maldonado as the first ever FDNY Associate Commissioner for Compliance.  In this role, he will oversee the FDNY’s ongoing and extensive efforts to strengthen and enhance its recruitment, diversity and equal employment opportunity (EEO) programs.

“José Maldonado has had an extensive and distinguished career in public service – from law enforcement to consumer advocacy – and has helped improve the lives of countless New Yorkers,” said Commissioner Cassano. “In this newly created position, he will again serve the city by helping the FDNY in our continuing effort to achieve a more diverse workforce.”

Maldonado, a graduate of the New York University School of Law where he now serves as a life trustee, has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, including work as an assistant district attorney for New York County; deputy attorney general in the State Attorney General’s Office; and assistant commissioner at the NYC Police Department.

“I’m thrilled to join the premier Fire Department in the world,” said Associate Commissioner Maldonado.  “The FDNY has already demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity through its extensive recruitment efforts, and I’m looking forward to helping the Department further achieve its goals.”

 

Guide to Reduce Wildland Fire Risk

The U. S. Fire Administration (USFA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, has released Your Role in Fire-Adapted Communities. This new guide promotes a holistic approach to wildland fire risk reduction in the wildland urban interface and addresses actions to improve individual and community safety.

For communities to become more resistant to wildland fire threats, a strong collaboration must exist between federal, state and local agencies and the public.

“It is important that fire departments partner with other local emergency response departments, state fire and forestry agencies and any regional federal organizations before a fire begins,” said U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell.

The concept behind fire-adapted communities is that with proper community-wide preparation, populations and infrastructure can withstand the devastating effects of wildland fire, thereby reducing the loss of life and property. In addition to understanding wildland fire defensible space and preparedness, the guide further explains how a community can co-exist with the threat of wildland fire and ultimately reduce the need for costly fire suppression responses. As the science of fire-adapted communities continues to evolve, agencies and the public can take steps now to understand better the role they play and actions they can take to co-exist safely with wildland fire threats.

Your Role in Fire-Adapted Communities can be downloaded under the Publications section of the USFA website at: www.usfa.fema.gov.