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IAFC Discourages the Practice of Self-Dispatch to Emergency Locations

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Fairfax, Va. - The IAFC offers its condolences to the family and friends of Hurricane Harvey victims and prays for the strength and safety of all first responders serving the communities suffering in the aftermath of the devastating storm.

We remind fire and emergency service leaders to discourage the practice of self-dispatching to emergency response and recovery locations.

In major disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey, the fire service needs to be disciplined in its response, ready and available to the local community and, when requested, ready and available to respond to a major disaster, should a call for assistance be received from that jurisdiction.

FEMA encourages those who wish to volunteer in response to Hurricane Harvey to visit National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) to find members taking volunteers

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