Politics and Tactics with Frank Ricci, Anthony Avillo and Chris Pepler

Politics and Tactics with Frank Ricci, Anthony Avillo and Chris Pepler

Monday, May 16, 2011

On Tonights Politics and Tactics

First up "Search"

Recent incident where a victim was missed in Michigan highlights the need for all of us to do a better job. We all need to be committed to tactical Excellence.

On to the Political Front

Wrap up of Congressman Christopher Murphy interview

Cuts to Homeland Security

IAFF Stops Federal Political Contributions

Interview with Chief, Tracy from Fairfield and Paul Rapanault from the Uniform Professional Fire Fighters Association both are true leaders in our service.

Volunteer Issues

The Texas Wild Land Fires

From the CFSI:


On Thursday, May 12th, the House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the FY12 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The bill provides $40.6 billion in funding for the Department of Homeland Security, a decrease of $1.1 billion (2.6%) from the Fiscal Year 2011 level and $3 billion below the Administration's request. (The Committee's press release on the bill can be viewed here.)

The draft bill makes significant cuts to several programs of importance to the fire and emergency services. The Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) Grant Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program would be funded at a total of $350 million ($200m for FIRE and $150m for SAFER). The programs were funded at $810 million ($405 million for each) in Fiscal Year 2011.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) would be cut by more than $3 million. The draft legislation provides only $42.5 million for USFA, down from nearly $45.6 million in Fiscal Year 2011.

Additionally, the draft bill provides $1 billion to be distributed at the discretion of the Secretary between several programs, including:

  • State Homeland Security Grant Program
  • Urban Area Security Initiative (USAI)
  • Metropolitan Medical Response System
  • Citizen Corps
  • Public Transportation Security Assistance and Railroad Security Assistance
  • Over-the-Road Security Assistance
  • Port Security Grants
  • Driver's License Security Grant Program
  • Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program

This somewhat unusual provision represents a significant cut to these critical programs. In Fiscal Year 2011, the State Homeland Security Grant Program and UASI were funded at $725 million each.

The House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee has scheduled a mark-up for Friday, May 12th at 11:00 a.m. in Room HC-5 of the Capitol Building.

"While very disappointing, it is important to note that this is just the first step in the lengthy appropriations process" said Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. "We will continue to work with the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as well as all of our allies on Capitol Hill, to ensure our nation's fire and emergency services have the resources they need to protect our homeland."

CFSI will continue to provide updates throughout the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations process.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Special Forces kill Osman Bin Laden, Job Well Done!

Leading off:

On September 11 Osman Bin Laden with Al-Qaeda perpetrated an act of war against America. Terrorist attacked the Pentagon, United Airlines Flight 93 and the Trade Center.

New York City's fire commissioner says that firehouses throughout the city are grateful for the news of Osama bin Laden's death.

Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said in a statement Monday that bin Laden was responsible for killing 343 members of the FDNY on Sept. 11, 2001.

He said the entire department is thankful to the "members of the U.S. military that had a role in this successful operation.

Fire Engineering would like to echo the commissioners statement. This historic day! On behalf of Fire Engineering I would like to thank our military and intelligence services.

However as first responders in the words of Bobby Halton it is time to double the guard.”

We must all realize that there were two groups of Americans that died on September 11. The Americans whose lives were taken as they went through their day and the first responders who gave their lives to save others.

Both groups were not killed they were Murdered!

Politics and action require our members to stay vigilant.

The Washington Post reports: Chairman Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), whose Long Island district lost many in the 2001 attacks, said in a statement. “In 2001, President Bush said, ‘We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.’ President Bush deserves great credit for putting action behind those words. President Obama deserves equal credit for his resolve in this long war against al-Qaeda.”

This is not a time to let down our guard America will be attacked again and our members will get there first! Our elected leaders and intelligent services agree it is not a matter of if we will be attacked. It is a matter of when!