07/22/09 307 W - + 6 - 12 Basic Understanding of the Fire Service for Public and Elected Officials

This conference session on the Thursday schedule caught my eye. Educating public and elected officials on "what makes a fire department tick." The intended audience includes "policy makers, procurement officers, commissioners, city managers, district managers, city council aides, and congressional aides." They're even admitted free of charge, if accompanied by a Fire Chief or department rep with a conference pass. It's a great idea that could be cascaded across the country. Maybe it already is. The description speaks for itself:

"Have you ever tried to explain to policy makers, elected officials, or budget personnel how and why certain items were needed for the fire service only to have them not understand the reasons behind these necessary and very important decisions? Firehouse Expo has put together a multi-part program to explain many of the mandated and required items that make a department tick, allowing the members to respond to all sorts of fires, emergencies and EMS calls: the protective gear they need to wear, self contained breathing apparatus, apparatus and the process of purchasing and specifying an apparatus.

We will also explain how to teach your officials the reasons they have to provide the equipment, manpower and protect life and property in their individual response area. A host of nationally known speakers will discuss these requirements and after the educational process a tour of the exhibit floor will be conducted to show firsthand the officials the equipment and apparatus. This is a great opportunity to educate and show your officials a wide variety of fire and emergency equipment all in one place and under one roof."

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