Bill Dougan has been asked to provide testimony in a Senate hearing next Thursday (HSGAC EMDC Subcommittee – June 5, 2014, 2:30 PM in Dirksen 342). We just got the invite a few minutes ago. The hearing is called: “Wildfires: Assessing First Responder Training and Capabilities.”
Here is a summary: 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. The focus of the hearing is to 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.
We would like the input of the Forest Service Council in preparing Bill’s testimony. Because it is short-notice, the 48 hour rule (written testimony is usually due 48 hours before the hearing) is going to be relaxed. Please let us know what information you would like to be incorporated into the testimony. We will need your input by noon on Tuesday, June 3rd (at the latest) so that we can begin to create a written draft of the testimony on Tuesday afternoon.
If anyone wants to give their input to the NFFE so that Mr. Dougan can relay your concerns to Congress, please send an email to email@example.com. This is a great opportunity to follow up what Casey just wrote. Thanks for getting the word out Ab.