FEMA Interim Chief R. David Paulison Highly Qualified for Job

Sep 12, 2005, 01:00 ET from International Association of Fire Fighters

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- International Association of Fire
 Fighters General President Harold A. Schaitberger issued this statement today
 upon the appointment of R. David Paulison as the acting under secretary for
 emergency preparedness and response for the nation:
 
     "David Paulison is an excellent choice to fill the job that oversees the
 Federal Emergency Management Agency.
     "Hurricane Katrina was more than just a wake-up call to our country.  She
 shined a bright light on the need for being prepared for swift and immediate
 action to save lives and property before, during and after a disaster.
     "As Ophelia sits at sea, threatening the Atlantic Coast with another
 potentially destructive storm, and as Katrina's wake continues to effect
 hundreds of thousands of Americans, this is not a time for criticism and
 finger-pointing.
     "Now is the time for our federal government to prepare to fully respond to
 the next disaster that hits our nation.  Having known and worked with David
 Paulison for many years, and having been on the ground both in New York at
 Ground Zero in 2001 and in Louisiana and Mississippi in recent days, I know
 firsthand what kind of leader is needed to fill that position.  And I know
 that Paulison has a proven track record and decorated career in emergency
 response planning, preparedness, management, emergency medical care, rescue,
 recovery and emergency incident mitigation -- all of the qualifications that
 should and must be considered for the top emergency response position in our
 country's government.
     "Our nation will be better protected with David Paulison as the head of
 preparedness and response for our government."
 
     The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in
 Washington, DC, represents more than 270,000 full-time professional fire
 fighters and paramedics who protect 80 percent of the nation's population.
 Over 2,500 IAFF members have been responding throughout the Gulf region to
 assist those communities and rescue those in need, even as many suffered
 losses of their own.  The IAFF has been providing relief in the form of money,
 food, water, clothing, shelter, rebuilding, medical and psychological
 assistance.  More information is available at http://www.iaff.org.
 
 

SOURCE International Association of Fire Fighters
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- International Association of Fire
 Fighters General President Harold A. Schaitberger issued this statement today
 upon the appointment of R. David Paulison as the acting under secretary for
 emergency preparedness and response for the nation:
 
     "David Paulison is an excellent choice to fill the job that oversees the
 Federal Emergency Management Agency.
     "Hurricane Katrina was more than just a wake-up call to our country.  She
 shined a bright light on the need for being prepared for swift and immediate
 action to save lives and property before, during and after a disaster.
     "As Ophelia sits at sea, threatening the Atlantic Coast with another
 potentially destructive storm, and as Katrina's wake continues to effect
 hundreds of thousands of Americans, this is not a time for criticism and
 finger-pointing.
     "Now is the time for our federal government to prepare to fully respond to
 the next disaster that hits our nation.  Having known and worked with David
 Paulison for many years, and having been on the ground both in New York at
 Ground Zero in 2001 and in Louisiana and Mississippi in recent days, I know
 firsthand what kind of leader is needed to fill that position.  And I know
 that Paulison has a proven track record and decorated career in emergency
 response planning, preparedness, management, emergency medical care, rescue,
 recovery and emergency incident mitigation -- all of the qualifications that
 should and must be considered for the top emergency response position in our
 country's government.
     "Our nation will be better protected with David Paulison as the head of
 preparedness and response for our government."
 
     The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in
 Washington, DC, represents more than 270,000 full-time professional fire
 fighters and paramedics who protect 80 percent of the nation's population.
 Over 2,500 IAFF members have been responding throughout the Gulf region to
 assist those communities and rescue those in need, even as many suffered
 losses of their own.  The IAFF has been providing relief in the form of money,
 food, water, clothing, shelter, rebuilding, medical and psychological
 assistance.  More information is available at http://www.iaff.org.
 
 SOURCE  International Association of Fire Fighters