Understandably, the our Nation and the world is intensely focused on the events in Washington related to the inauguration of President Elect Barack Obama. Just in case you need a break from those events, especially the news media fluff generally added when there is nothing else for commentators talk about….below is a video from FEMA Director, Chief Dave Paulison….it’s his departure message.
Chief Paulison took an agency filled with some good folks but that was clearly leaderless at the top…and turned it around. It took a 30+ year veteran Firefighter-Fire Officer to do it…no surprise. Like nearly all Firefighters, we certainly hope that President Elect Obama and Ms. Napolitano, his nominee to head DHS, keep in mind the need for someone who has done and understands the job of responding to emergencies to lead the nations top emergency job. It just makes sense. We also sincerely thank Chief Greg Cade for his brief but important tenure as the US Fire Administrator. Greg’s work on behalf of Firefighter (and civilian) fire safety and survival is well documented and sincerely appreciated.
We had a chance to again interview Chief Paulison last week for "Thru The Smoke" …and "Part 2" of that interview will be posted on Firehouse.com later today or tomorrow for those interested in hearing Dave’s continued fire service directed departure thoughts.
Below is Dave’s message. And here is ours: Thanks Dave, Greg and the folks at FEMA, USFA and the NFA.
Here is Dave’s message: http://www.youtube.com/fema
Take Care-BE CAREFUL,
The Secret List 1-19-09 / 1700 hours