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Senate Hearing on Lessons Learned from Boston Marathon Bombings Posted

Aug 15, 2013

The proceedings and related testimony of a recent hearing by the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs-- Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings: Preparing for and Responding to the Attack are now available for viewing here. Witnesses included:
  • Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Kurt Schwartz, Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Edward Davis, Commissioner of the Boston Police Department and
  • Arthur Kellermann, RAND Corporation.
FEMA Deputy Administrator Serino noted that Boston was well-prepared for the attack because of the federal investment in preparedness and response. He noted "It was years of planning, years of training, years of purchasing the right equipment for the right people at the right time, and it saved lives." RAND's Kellerman said that Boston should not be viewed as a test case for domestic terrorism response because Boston is unique in having seven trauma centers and that level of resource cannot be replicated around the country.