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President of Fire Chiefs Association Calls for Action

By IAFC, Correspondent | March 31, 2020 | NATIONAL

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After the recent signing of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act by President Donald J. Trump, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) President, Fire Chief Gary Ludwig, expressed mixed emotions about the stimulus package. “While I am pleased that Congress and the President took action to help those who are suffering economically by allocating federal money for hospitals, law enforcement, educational institutions, airlines, and drug companies, I am extremely disappointed that federal funding desperately needed by the American fire and emergency medical services was largely overlooked,” Chief Ludwig said. “Additionally, I am calling on Congress to immediately act to repeal the FCC mandate to auction the mission critical public safety radio spectrum in the T-Band. Interoperable radio communications are key to fire, police and EMS response to this pandemic.”

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