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Threat Level Raised to High for Mass Transportation

Fairfax, VA – Responding to the deadly series of bombs in London, the Department of Homeland Security has raised the threat level to orange for the nation’s mass transit systems. “Obviously we’re concerned about the possibility of a copycat attack,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

The heightened alert applies to “regional and inter-city passenger rail, subways and metropolitan bus systems,” Chertoff said at a news conference.

Chertoff said that U.S. authorities have “no specific credible evidence” pointing toward an attack in the United States. At the same time, he said, “we are also asking for increased vigilance” particularly in the U.S. transportation system.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is asking the fire and emergency services to review preparations and to meet with local law enforcement counterparts. IAFC President Chief Bob DiPoli (ret.) asks members to review the Homeland Security Advisory System and IAFC recommended actions below.

Visit http://www.iafc.org/news/article.asp?id=261 for information on the Homeland Security Advisory System and IAFC recommended actions.