Remarks by Secretary Michael Chertoff at the International Association of Fire Chiefs [October 26, 2007]   [open pdf - 39KB]

"We need to build on your experience and get a broader message out. Because, unfortunately, in the world we live in, it's not just fire we have to be prepared for, it's public health emergencies, it's the possibility of a terrorist attack, it's the possibility of other kinds of incidents. So we have a lot we have to do together. I want to continue to work with you as partners. I want to continue to borrow from your ranks to populate the senior leadership of our Department. I want to continue to support you and to listen to you. And most of all, when we have events like 9/11 or what we're seeing in California or what we saw in Charleston earlier this year, I want to stand shoulder to shoulder with you, making sure you have all the support the federal government can give in equipment and in personnel so you can do the very important and heroic jobs that you do."

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