Fire service leaders urge that FEMA remain in DHS; IAEM-USA says no

In a letter to President-elect Barack Obama in December, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) remain in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The organizations warned that failure to do so “could endanger America’s emergency response capabilities.”IAFC President Larry J. Grorud, IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger, and CFSI President Dr. William Jenaway stated: “America’s fire service believes that emergency preparedness and response to all hazards is integral to our nat...

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