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Sandy Hook, CT Volunteer Fire Chief Says Shooting Tested And Validated Mutual Aid

48-year veteran William Halstead tells Fire Chief Associate Publisher Janet Wilmoth first responders also had family members in school at time of shooting

CHICAGO, Dec.18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings tested and validated the professional commitment of mutual aid to the community's first responders, according to Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Chief William Halstead.

In an interview published December 17 at www.firechief.com, Halstead expressed his gratitude for offers of support from around the country following the shootings that killed 20 Sandy Hook Elementary students and six adults at the school on December 14.

Halstead said that of the five members on the rescue squad that responded to the initial 9-1-1 call, one firefighter had a child in the school. Another firefighter, responding on another vehicle, also had a child in the school that was later found safe. He reported his wife also had been visiting the school, but was able to hide behind a dumpster during the shooting.

In addition to operational support from neighboring communities, psychological counseling was made available to emergency workers on the scene.

Read the story at www.firechief.com.

About Fire Chief
Established in 1956, Fire Chief is the professional information source for progressive fire service leaders. Fire Chief features articles by fire officers from across the country and worldwide, and covers a wide variety of topics that are important to "every department, every leader". Fire Chief's readers include chief officers, with a sizable contingent of incident commanders, training officers, safety officers, and other titles and ranks. Fire Chief's franchise includes Command Post, a weekly e-newsletter, In Service and Station Style, monthly e-newsletters, as well as the annual Station Style Design Awards and Station Style Conference. Fire Chief is a business unit of Penton Media, Inc. For more information, visit us at www.firechief.com.

About Penton Media, Inc.
For millions of business owners and decision-makers, Penton makes the difference every day. We engage our professional users by providing actionable ideas and insights, data and workflow tools, community and networking, both in person and virtually, all with deep relevance to their specific industries. Then we activate this engagement by connecting users with tens of thousands of targeted providers of products and services to help drive business growth. Learn more about our company at www.penton.com.

Penton is a privately held company owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.

CONTACTS:

Janet Wilmoth
Associate Publisher
Fire Chief
Phone: 312-840-8410
Email: [email protected]

Chris Meyer
Director, Corporate Communications
Penton Media, Inc.
Phone: (212) 204-4259
Email: [email protected]

SOURCE Fire Chief

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