Chief Gary Ludwig, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board, asked Congress to support local fire and EMS departments as he testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
During his testimony, Chief Ludwig highlighted the importance of local fire and EMS departments to helping victims of COVID-19. "Regardless of whether they are from career, volunteer or combination departments, fire and EMS personnel are providing aid every day to victims of COVID-19. When a person suffering from COVID-19 calls 9-1-1, fire and EMS personnel meet them in their homes, provide aid and transport them to the hospital," said Chief Ludwig. Chief Ludwig's testimony highlighted the challenges that local fire departments face during the pandemic.