March 15, 1999


In most instances of domestic terrorism, the first professionals on the scene--the ones in the best position to save the most lives--will be fire fighters. They are becoming front line defenders of our citizens--not just from accidents and arsonists but from those who would use terrorism to undermine our way of life.

President Bill Clinton
March 15, 1999

Today, in an address to the International Association of Fire Fighters, President Clinton announces new steps to provide firefighters and other "first responders" with the tools they need to defend the American people against terrorist attacks using chemical and biological weapons. He will discuss new resources, including purchasing equipment, training personnel, and investing in rapid response teams to combat these threats.

Presidential Leadership Fighting Chemical And Biological Terrorism. America's unrivaled military preparedness means that potential enemies are more likely to resort to terror than to conventional military assault. In addition, new technologies are increasing the ability of terrorists to plan and execute chemical and biological attacks against our cities and citizens. In response, the President is announcing new steps and highlighting continued efforts to combat the threat of a chemical or biological terrorist attack, including:

Building On A Strong Record Of Defense. Today's announcement builds on the President's record of support for fighting terrorism domestically, and around the world:

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