Political leaders address IAFC conference attendees

Issue 11 and Volume 141.

Political leaders address IAFC conference attendees DISPATCHES Washington, D.C. was the site of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ annual conference, and two political leaders addressed the chiefs on the need for a working relationship between the fire service and government. Senator Daniel Quayle, the Republican Party’s vice-presidential candidate, praised the fire service for its “spirit of volunteerism.” He called for a doubling of the S 50,000 benefit paid to survivors of firefighters killed in the line of duty and backed federal support of the National Fire Academy and the U.S. Fire Administration. The Indiana senator also likened the obligation of national defense to the firefighters’ defense of their communities. Quayle was the first candidate for national executive office to address the chiefs in the organization’s 115-year history. Congressman Curt Weldon, leader of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, delivered the conference’s keynote address. The former volunteer fire chief from Pennsylvania…

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