First Responders Essay

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In the years that have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001 our nation has been overwhelmed and almost obsessed with the steps and actions that should be taken to help protect our nation and our communities against another dreadful attack. There has been and needs to continue to be significant investments make into the critical infrastructure in many different areas from citizen preparedness to our leadership. If this is done it will better prepare the United States for all hazards. The simple fact is that today, in most cities and towns around our nation are not adequately funded to manage their routine work from the police departments to the health departments. Fire stations around the country are forced to make do with radios that are not adequate enough to communicate with neighboring departments. In almost every city and county across this great nation there are fewer police and deputies on the streets and patrol than there were in 2001. Those officers and deputies that are on duty have to do more with less. It is the same story with EMS workers and even our Coast Guard. On any given day our first responders have little to no capability to deal with any large-scale disaster like the attacks of 9-11 or Hurricane Katrina. The United States suffered in four separate but almost simultaneous attacks on September 11, 2001. The entire world watched in horror as the attacks took place and the World Trade Center towers fell after they had been hit by the jet airplanes. As the events and attacks took place professional emergency first responders rushed to the various locations in order to help the helpless and the victims of the attacks. As the emergency responders brought tools and knowledge with them to the scene, they were attempting rescues and techniques that they had never been trained. The emergency responders were also working with the wrong or

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