The inability to communicate between agencies tops the list of complaints in Senator Ken Salazar's, (D) Colorado, Homeland Security Survey. The survey reveals an overall feeling of a lack of preparation in case of a major terrorist attack in the state. Among the major concerns is that information received from the government on possible threats to homeland security is insufficient.
Emergency medical responders are largely out of the loop for funding and information, according to the survey,with 70% of respondents saying they have problems with interagency radio communications. Colorado is creating a new radio system exclusively for interagency use, but one local fire chief, Frank Cavaliere, says smaller jurisdictions, like the Lower Valley Fire Department, can't afford the new radios.
A month ago, Senator Salazar sent a multi–page survey to emergency services groups around the state asking their opinions on the state of homeland security in Colorado. The senator received more than 40 responses from around the state on suggestions for reform.
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