IAFC president urges fire and EMS preparedness for post-election civil unrest

Chief Richard Carrizzo shared several resources to help fire and EMS chiefs prepare for an uptick in disturbances

By Janelle Foskett

The president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) released a statement Friday, urging fire and EMS leaders to prepare for the possibility of civil unrest sparked by the election results.

Chief Richard Carrizzo noted in his statement that both media reports and law enforcement briefings have warned of incidents similar to the unrest that occurred over the summer. He then offered resources to help fire departments provide service to their communities.

“If the nation faces civil unrest in the coming weeks, it is important that fire and EMS departments continue to provide lifesaving service to their communities,” Carrizzo said. “These resources will provide you with critical information to help you operate safely during a time of uncertainty.”

Civil unrest resources

Additional resources from FireRescue1

FireRescue1 Editorial Director Greg Friese authored “Post-election civil unrest: How public safety can be prepared,” underscoring that while we don’t know what we will awake to on Nov. 4, fire and EMS personnel must focus on professionalism, choosing to help and not acting as an accelerant in an already chaotic environment.

Atlanta 1st Deputy Fire Chief Byron Kennedy shares “Civil unrest 2020: 3 key takeaways from Atlanta’s front lines,” underscoring the value of collaboration with public safety partners and the need for enhanced technology.

Rachel Engel outlines top points from the Lexipol webinar “Caught in the Middle: Fire department response during civil unrest,” which you can view on demand.

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