Overview by Chairman Christopher Cox, Select Committee on Homeland Security, on understanding the role of first responders and how their partnership with the federal government is vital to protecting Americans and saving lives. He outlines who are first responders and why are they important to our safety. He also outlines the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate created by the Homeland Security Act to partner with states and localities to accomplish a number of things, including the promotion of emergency responder effectiveness, recovery efforts, etc. Also, the duties of first responders at various threat levels.
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