2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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EXPANSION OF FIRST RESPONDER DESIGNATION TO FRONT-LINE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES

†††† WHEREAS, all municipal agencies such as public works, transportation, water and sewer, parks and recreation, police and fire work in tandem on city streets on a daily basis across the nation to provide public services; and

†††† WHEREAS, in the planning for emergency preparedness the designation of first responders has been limited to health and public safety personnel; and

†††† WHEREAS, with additional personnel designation, municipalities can become better equipped in the delivery and development of emergency response plans; and

†††† WHEREAS, the Department of Homeland Security has stated that major cities are considered high density threat targets for terrorist attacks; and

†††† WHEREAS, various agencies, in addition to police and fire departments, would most likely be among the first to suffer, witness, or be impacted by a terrorist incident, and by virtue of their proximity, would be compelled to respond in a timely manner,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by The U.S. Conference of Mayors that the U.S. Congress should by law designate all municipal government agenciesí front-line employees as first responders with the same status as that of police and firefighters for the purpose of being eligible to receive all related federal funding and training for emergency preparedness.