Leadership

MUTUAL AID SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Issue 11 and Volume 157.

It seems as though you can’t go a week watching the nightly news or reading a newspaper without hearing (or reading) about someone discussing the threat of terrorism in this country between now and the presidential election. Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Deputy Chief Ray Downey was quoted as saying about a terrorist attack, “It’s not a matter of if, but when.” Many of us today are now saying, “It’s not only a matter of when, but where!” I’m confident that most of you have thought about your community’s vulnerability to terrorism. We all know what happened on 9/11. We are more than aware of the locations, the circumstances, and the aftermath of that day. Hopefully, none of us will ever forget. Our focus here is, Where will it happen next, and how prepared will those departments be? Who would have thought that FDNY would ever sustain an incident…

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