Eleventh Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Statement of Edward P. Plaugher, May 19, 2004 [open pdf - 20KB]
Alternate Title: 9/11 Commisssion, Eleventh Public Hearing: Statement of Edward P. Plaugher , 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 this statement, Edward P. Plaugher, Chief of the Arlington County Fire Department, relates issues from a report by the Justice Department and its Office of Domestic Preparedness to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. "The report attempted to provide a blueprint for preparedness for our nation at the local, state, and federal government levels. Within the body of the after action report, which is divided into four (4) major sections: Annex A - Fire Department Operations; Annex B - Hospitals and Clinics; Annex C - Law Enforcement; and Annex D - Emergency Management and the Emergency Operations Center, not only was the description of the response effort documented but also efforts were made to understand fully all elements for a successful response. The report was based on interviews of the first responders and generated with a bias towards their perspective, as well as the expertise of a recognized national firm that specializes in emergency preparedness and response. Staff preparing the report utilized an exhaustive multi- level validation process to produce the series of recommendations and findings."
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: www.9-11commission.gov