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Wildfires: Assessing First Responder Training and Capabilities

Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia

Location: SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building

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Given the increasing prevalence of wildfires, primarily in the Southwest and West, it is important that Congress takes a comprehensive look at the training and resources currently provided to firefighters and first responders in at-risk communities. The focus of the hearing was to bring together leaders from state, local, and federal levels to assess present capabilities and discuss ways to ensure robust and adaptable fire prevention and response throughout the country.


  • Jim Hubbard
    Deputy Chief, U.S. Forest Service
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • William Dougan
    National President
    National Federation of Federal Employees
    Download Testimony (234 KB)
  • Kevin O'Connor
    Assistant to the General President for Public Policy
    International Association of Firefighters
    Download Testimony (131.7 KB)
  • The Honorable  Mike Navarre
    Kenai Peninsula Borough