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BOSTON (AP) - The state's homeland security preparedness is at a dangerous level, in part because Massachusetts communities have lost more than 1,700 public safety personnel since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, according to a Senate audit released Thursday.

The audit found 83 percent of police chiefs and 92 percent of fire chiefs say they are ill-equipped to respond to a terror attack. Part of the reason, they say, is a staffing shortage: 945 police officers and 798 firefighters have been lost through layoffs or attrition, the survey found.

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'this confirms our worst fears,'' said Sen. Marc. R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, chairman of the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. ''With the increasing public safety demands on our cities and towns, this is simply unacceptable.''

Are we at all surprised? SATURN comes and goes. Grants for Homeland Security are used for everything but. PO, FF, EMT's are laid of or take early retirement. local emergency management agencies do nothing. MEMA does some but could do much more like internet based courses. I do not know what is going on in other states but this is a joke. The flights on Sept 11 left from this state. We should be spending more money per person then any one else to make sure we can prevent and respond to future threats.
 

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1. Local L.E. responding to an attack is not the answer, it's preventing or minimizing the next one.
2. ATAC, JTTF and other entities are looking for INTELLIGENCE from street cops. Get involved. Keep you eyes and ears working!
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How about "command posts" for various and sundry law enforcement "coalitions"...or PT gear...etc...ad nauseum.....how about...oops...no need to open old wounds! :oops:
 

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Ask the Israeli Defense Force how well custom running shorts prevent attacks from Hamas suicide bombers.
 

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Re: Massachusetts dangerously unprepared to respond to terro

MCOA41 said:
Part of the reason, they say, is a staffing shortage: 945 police officers and 798 firefighters have been lost through layoffs or attrition, the survey found.[/b]
At least they have some really neato gym bags, PT shorts, and polo shirts!
 
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Now, now. You never know if some Constable will get offended and become
(I)ncredibly (A)ngry.

I had heard there was an investigation into why some of these local coalitions got grants and MSP requests were denied...

Maybe "Big Eddy F" from DPS had something to do with it.
 

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Officials conduct drill

WEST SPRINGFIELD - In four corners of the Stroh Building at the Eastern States Exposition yesterday, men and women clustered around tables discussing chlorine gas clouds, a terrorist threat and evacuation plans.

Nice to see someone doing something about homeland security and emergency management. Wonder if any other towns like ours will get off their backside and do the same.

I wonder if this was organized before or after the resent article about towns not being prepared.
 
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