Safeguarding Our Future: Building a Nationwide Network for First Responders, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, February 16, 2011 [open pdf - 588KB]
From the opening statement of John D. Rockefeller IV: "Although strides have been made across the country in interoperability, mostly in big cities, we are still far from where we need to be. Although strides have been made, we have so much more to do. More importantly, tragedy does not know boundaries. Besides New York or Washington, emergencies occur every day in urban and rural communities all across the country. We do not hear about them. We do not read about them unless it is a Virginia Tech type of event, but they happen all the time. We live with them, and we should not have to live with them. Whether it is terrorism or a tornado or a hurricane or a brush fire, one thing is universally true, when an emergency happens, who do we rely on? We rely on first responders like police, fire fighters, and public safety officials of all kinds to keep us from harm. Far too often, we talk about the important role that these brave first responders play, but then we turn around and we fail to give them the tools they need to do their job. So we are full of praise, but we are not full of help. We are trying to redress that situation." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Charles E. Schumer, Olympia J. Snowe, Raymond W. Kelly, Peter T. King, Jack Markell, Al H. Gillespie, Joseph L. Hanna, Claire McCaskill, Olympia J. Snowe, Amy Klobuchar, John D. Rockefeller IV, Kay Bailey Hutchison, John Boozman, Mark Warner, Tom Udall, John Thune, and Roy Blunt.
S. Hrg. 112-166; Senate Hearing 112-166
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