OKC Fire Chief to US House panel: ‘Active and realistic threat’ of attacks

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oklahoma City’s Fire Chief says that violent extremists want to use chemical weapons in terrorist attacks in the United States, and that local first responders will need the federal government’s help to stay prepared for such attacks.

Chief G. Keith Bryant, International Association of Fire Chiefs president and chairman of the board, testified before a U.S. House of Representatives panel Thursday.

Bryant said that toxic industrial chemicals like chlorine and anhydrous ammonia are readily available in the nation’s transportation system and chemical facilities, presenting an “active and realistic threat.”

Read Chief Bryant’s entire testimony here.

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