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City Police and Fire Department Pledge Cooperation in Disasters

Reversing positions they took in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attack, New York City’s police and fire commissioners said yesterday that they had agreed to adopt formal rules for how emergency agencies should work together in responding to major disasters. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and the fire commissioner, Nicholas Scoppetta, said they expected that the agreement would be completed and signed by the end of the summer. Many officials said they hoped it would reduce the mistrust and miscommunication that has surfaced at emergency scenes for generations, and that contributed to the flawed response at the World Trade Center in 2001. Full Story

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