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FEMA and Premiere Networks Work Together to Increase Preparedness
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a cooperative effort with Premiere Networks and private sector broadcasters that will provide an alternative method for radio stations to receive emergency information during a national emergency.
“This cooperative effort between FEMA and Premiere Networks is one of the latest initiatives to engage the private sector’s cooperation in raising community preparedness across the nation,” said Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator of FEMA’s National Continuity Program. “We count on the broadcasting industry to alert and warn the public through the standard broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) including AM, FM, and satellite radio, as well as broadcast, cable and satellite TV, if a national emergency occurs,” said Penn.
FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) permits national emergency alert messages to be delivered simultaneously through multiple communications devices. While a presidential EAS message has never been activated, IPAWS provides the President with a way to address the American people within 10 minutes of a national emergency. For more information on FEMA programs, go to www.fema.gov/ipaws
Sun City West Fire District Honored
Fire Corps, in partnership with the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and Fire Protection Publications (FPP), would like to congratulate the Sun City West (SCW) Fire District Fire Corps program (AZ) for being selected as the 2013 Fire Corps Award of Excellence winner.
Sponsored by IFSTA/FPP, this award annually honors a Fire Corps program whose remarkable achievements in the fire and emergency services and community exemplify outstanding performance. The SCW Fire Corps was recognized at the National Volunteer Fire Council’s Awards Reception and Dinner on May 10 in Alexandria, VA. The Community Assistance Response Team (WA) and the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department (OH) both received honorable mentions.
Launched in 2004, Fire Corps is managed by the National Volunteer Fire Council and works with various organizations that make up the Fire Corps National Advisory Committee (NAC). Members of the Fire Corps NAC represent every major fire service organization in the nation. They provide valuable input, critical feedback and supplementary ideas as to the direction of the program. Fire Corps is also supported by the United States Fire Administration and is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Citizen Corps.
9 firefighters recently died in the line of duty, in addition to the firefighters who were killed in the West, TX, explosion (see page 58). Three of the nine deaths were the result of accidents, four were health related and two were the result of direct fireground operations.
ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF HAROLD HOLLINGSWORTH, 47, of the Fort Osage, MO, Fire Protection District died on April 7. He was responding to a structure fire during a severe thunderstorm in a fire department vehicle that left the roadway and struck a tree in rural Jackson County. Hollingsworth was transported to Center Point Medical Center, where he died. Hollingsworth was a 16-year veteran of the department. This was the department’s first line-of-duty death.
LIEUTENANT JAMES B. HUNTER, 56, of the Bedford, NH, Fire Department died on April 11. Hunter was found deceased at his home several hours after his shift ended. During his shift, he responded to numerous calls.
FIREFIGHTER LANCE STONE, 37, of the West Union, IL, Community Fire Protection District died on April 13. Stone was responding to a fire call in his personnel vehicle when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled over. He was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.