Senate hearing today to address first responder training and capabilities for wildfire

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Jun 5, 2014

We just received news from our colleagues in our NFPA Washington, D.C. office that there will be a Senate Hearing on wildfire today (June 5) at 2.30 PM EST.


The Agenda:  Given the increasing prevalence of wildfires, primarily in the Southwest and West, it is important that Congress takes a comprehensive look at the training and resources currently provided to firefighters and first responders in at-risk communities. 

According to the notice, the hearing, hosted by the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations and the District of Columbia, will "bring together leaders from state, local and federal levels to assess present capabilities and discuss ways to ensure robust and adaptable fire prevention and response throughout the country." 

Witnesses include:

  • Jim Hubbard
    Deputy Chief, U.S. Forest Service
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • William Dougan
    National President
    National Federation of Federal Employees
  • Kevin O'Connor
    Assistant to the General President for Public Policy
    International Association of Firefighters
  • The Honorable Mike Navarre
    Kenai Peninsula Borough

To watch the webcast of this hearing, go to http:/