The Denver Postreports that the Homeland Security spending spigot is finally opening, with $12 billion in grants trickling down to local communities, allowing them to purchase high-tech gear like vacuum shovels that suck up debris after explosions. The problem: Many first response organizations lack the personnel to use the new equipment--and anyway, what they really need is more basic stuff like fire trucks. Denver has 898 firefighters, down from 921 before 9/11.
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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