Vancouver Fire Chief selected for FEMA RESPONSE subcommittee
Press Release Date:
Thursday, May 18, 2017
The City of Vancouver’s Fire Chief Joseph Molina has been selected to serve as a member of the FEMA National Advisory Council RESPONSE Subcommittee. Chief Molina will be one of 22 members, and one of three fire chiefs, to serve on the subcommittee.
Recent legislation directed FEMA to establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness Operational Needs and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under its National Advisory Council to provide recommendations regarding emergency responder training and resources related to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads.
Letters of support for Molina’s application were submitted by all three members of the city’s congressional delegation, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler.
“I’d like to thank our congressional delegation for supporting the Vancouver Fire Chief’s membership in this important subcommittee. With the potential for the largest oil terminal in the country being sited in our city and thousands of gallons of crude-by-rail transported through our most densely populated areas, it is more important than ever that Vancouver have a voice at the table surrounding emergency response and preparedness,” said Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt.
“Vancouver is fortunate to have the opportunity to provide our input as a member of the Subcommittee and ensure that our voice is heard at the federal level,” said Vancouver Fire Chief Molina. “Our participation will allow us to bring attention to our community’s needs regarding the rail transportation of hazardous materials in our city.”
The first meeting of the subcommittee will be May 18, 2017.
Jan Bader, Program and Policy Development Manager