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Al Qaida Audiotape Reinforces Need for Fire Departments to Prepare for Mass Casualty Incidents

Washington, D.C. - On January 19, the media reported that al-Qaida claimed to be planning another attack on the United States. The Arab news network Al-Jazeera had aired an audiotape that allegedly featured warnings from Osama bin Laden."This report serves as a reminder that America's fire service must remain vigilant and prepared to respond to a terrorist incident," said IAFC President Chief Bill Killen. "Whether or not we have the luxury of a warning, we must be ready." The IAFC recommends that all fire chiefs take the following actions:Review your protocols for mass prophylaxis, mass decontamination, and responding to mass casualties.Meet with your command officers to discuss these p...

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