posted on Jun, 29 2003 @ 08:28 PM
Kudos to Mister Bellatrix for finding this article.
I will say up front that this is very factual, and accurate. Although I am not a first emergency responder, I am involved with HAZMAT, and and have
been "volunteered" in times of Orange or higher alert to be a backup for HAZMAT, and can say that most emergency services have about barebones
ability with regards to the day to day emergencies that arise in a decent sized city, much less dealing with a mass casualty event with WMDs in
WASHINGTON - Nearly two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States remains "dangerously unprepared" to handle another catastrophic attack,
according to a study by the Council on Foreign Relations.
The government says it already has done some of what the council suggested and is working on other recommendations.
The report said the main problem is that emergency responders on the front lines — police, fire, public health and other officials — are drastically
underfinanced and lack the equipment or training they need.
The council, a New York-based private world affairs advocacy organization, recommended spending $98 billion beyond the $27 billion it said the federal
government planned to spend on first responders over the next five years.
Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said Sunday that the conclusion that an additional $98 billion is needed for
first responders is "grossly inflated." He said officials already have implemented or are in the process of putting in effect others of the