COVID-19 has impacted police and fire services in cities across the country

Washington, D.C.— On Wednesday, May 27th, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) will hold a media conference call at 12:00 p.m. ET to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and the economic reaction on public safety in cities across America. The leaders of the USCM and IAFF will talk about the financial impact on police and fire personnel and services, urging Congress and this Administration to provide direct fiscal assistance for local governments to ensure these essential services can continue uninterrupted. Many reports in the Conference’s Fiscal Pain Tracker show that cities are being forced to compromise public safety with furloughs or layoffs of police and fire fighters because of revenue shortfalls or consider doing so in the near future.


Media Conference Call


Rochester Hills (MI) Mayor Bryan Barnett, USCM President

Chicago (IL) Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, USCM Criminal and Social Justice Standing Committee Chair

Harold Schaitberger, IAFF General President

Tom Cochran, USCM CEO & Executive Director


Wednesday, May 27, 12:00 p.m. ET


Dial: 1 (800) 559-9370

Confirmation Number: 9176 323#

*Please provide your full name and outlet to the recording machine upon dialing in to the call.*


Media interested in participating should contact Sara Durr at [email protected]