Homeland Security Under Secretary Calls On Fire Departments Nationwide To Make Health And Safety A Priority

Washington, D.C. - Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Defense for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) and head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), called on America's firefighters to step aside from routine duties on June 21, 2005, and "stand down" to focus on their own health and safety. Brown joined the heads of 20 organizations in the first-ever National Stand Down Day for Firefighter Health and Safety. As Under Secretary of EP&R, Brown oversees the U.S. Fire Administration."Too many firefighters are being injured or killed in the line of duty and when they return to the firehouse," Brown said, referring to the 58 line-of-duty deaths among firefighters ...

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