President Freudenthal testifies before Congress

On September 29, APWA President Bob Freudenthal represented APWA members in a panel hearing before the U.S. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology. At the invitation of Subcommittee Chair David Reichert (R-Wash), Freudenthal joined other first responders to testify about "Incident Command, Control and Communication during a Catastrophic Event."

Additional panelists included Chuck Canterbury, National President, Fraternal Order of Police; Robert L. Garner, President and CEO, American Ambulance Association; Mark Edward Gebhart, M.D., EMT-P, Commander, Urban Search and Rescue Team, and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wright State University School of Medicine; Chief William D. "Bill" Killen, President, International Association of Fire Chiefs; and David E. Liebersbach, Immediate Past President, National Emergency Management Association.

The House Subcommittee is evaluating the effectiveness of the Incident Command System (ICS), a FEMA-sponsored program which facilitates improved training and coordination between local, state and federal agencies during catastrophes. During his testimony, Freudenthal outlined the role of public works in disaster response and APWA's efforts to encourage greater cooperation, communication and coordination among response agencies.

Freudenthal's testimony is available at /DR/index.asp?ID=57. For more information, contact Dan Jensen, APWA Manager of Government Affairs, at (202) 218-6734 or djensen@apwa.net.

Pictured from left to right: David Reichert (R-Wash), Chair, Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology; Chief William Killen, President, International Association of Fire Chiefs; APWA President Bob Freudenthal; Robert Garner, President and CEO, American Ambulance Association. Also pictured in the background are Peter King, APWA Executive Director and Dan Jensen, APWA Manager of Government Affairs.