Firefighting

TERRORISM FIRST RESPONSE

Issue 5 and Volume 152.

TERRORISM FIRST RESPONSE Speaking at the International Association of Fire Fighters Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., in March, President Bill Clinton pledged $73.5 million to equip first responders for response to terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. The money will be made available by the Department of Justice in the form of grants to states and municipalities for the procurement of personal protective gear and equipment to detect chemical or biological agents. The President also indicated the following: Under a $21 million Department of Justice grant, funds would be made available for training firefighters to respond to chemical or biological attacks. The Department of Health and Human Services has been instructed to redirect an additional $11 million to Metropolitan Medical Response Systems (MMRS) this fiscal year (FY). This mid-year funding will enhance local emergency response systems, increase the previously planned FY 1999 funding level by almost 400 percent, and…

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