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NORAD General comes to town

Seven years after 9/11, the world has not forgotten the terrorist attacks that forever changed the nation and the world.
To that end, on Thursday, November 6, four-star General Victor E. Renuart, the head of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), a key homeland defense center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, visited the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) headquarters to discuss how the city and the U.S. Department of Defense can share information and coordinate resources to better respond in the event of a terrorist attack or other disaster.
“Working together, we can build upon the safety and security of this city and our nation,” said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. “The vast resources and capabilities of the U.S. military connected with the local expertise and highly-trained staff at this department should assure everyone we’re ready to respond in any emergency.”
The visit highlighted each organization’s work on domestic preparedness and how both can share information in “real time” under various scenarios.
Since September 11, 2001, the city, state and federal governments have been working to better understand and integrate each other’s operations.
USNORTHCOM, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the military organization formed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to provide homeland defense and defense support of federal, state and local civil authorities. NORAD is the bi-national command charged with aerospace detection and warning as well as maritime detection and warning for the air and sea approaches to the United States and Canada.

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