Eleventh Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Statement of Dennis Smith, May 19, 2004 [open pdf - 29KB]
Alternate Title: 9/11 Commisssion, Eleventh Public Hearing: Statement of Dennis Smith, May 19, 2004
The eleventh public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was held May 18-19, 2004, at New School University in New York City. The two-day hearing examined the response of local and federal emergency response departments on September 11, 2001, and considered how to improve these critical functions in the event of future terrorist attacks. In his statement, Dennis Smith, author of "Report from Ground Zero," emphasizes the need for us to begin to think about the first responders of tomorrow. "It is vital that we recognize that their ranks must be kept full and prepared. It is in our nation's interest to support our first responders, and we can do that, for instance, by creating government sponsored education, health, and mortgage support programs that would act as incentives for our first responders to risk their lives for the security of the homeland. [...] The firefighters of America are right to be alarmed by a fire service unprepared to effectively reduce life-loss in an act of terrorism, and by a populace that has not been informed, trained or equipped to act safely in emergency situations. Do we have leaders who can remember that the effect of the present on the future is the definition of history, and that our own history of counter-terrorism preparedness must never be repeated?"
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: www.9-11commission.gov