Councilman Valenzuela to Address International Association of Firefighters

March 15, 2013

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Caption:Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela

Phoenix City Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela will be a featured speaker during The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) 2013 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference Monday, March 18, in Washington D.C.

Councilman Valenzuela will offer the unique perspective of servant leadership as both an elected official and first responder.  The IAFF serves 300,000 members in the U.S. and Canada.

Councilman Valenzuela offered this unique perspective earlier this week when he traveled with Mayor Greg Stanton to Washington D.C. to meet with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, FEMA and the Department of Justice to discuss Phoenix’s current needs related to funding for first responders.  Funding sources explored include the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants.

“Through sequestration, cuts are coming and it is more important than ever for cities, including Phoenix, to fight for our fare share of the limited funding available,” said Councilman Valenzuela.  

Councilman Valenzuela is a special operations firefighter and acting division manager for the city of Glendale Fire Department.  He is director of the National Fire & Rescue Services Information Officer Network and served as an instructor for the Arizona Department of Emergency Management and as president of the National Association of Hispanic Fire Fighters.

Contact Councilman Valenzuela’s office at 602-262-7446, council.district.5@phoenix.gov, Facebook.com/danielforphoenix or Twitter.com/daniel4phoenix.

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Michael Hammett 602-495-5405