First responders, safety officials, weigh in on local and national issues with congressman

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During the local emergency planning committee meeting, safety officials and first responders gave their input on local and national issues for a special guest.

Congressman McKinley asked about issues they face everyday.

They said lack of federal money in West Virginia and lack of interest in being a volunteer first responder are some of their biggest challenges.

He also wanted input on a national issue, school safety. The congressman said he believes the issue does not require more gun control, but better security.

People at the meeting said they would like to see our local schools have more PRO’s, metal detectors, and stricter entries and exits.  The congressman said he takes local input and concerns straight back to Washington.

“I guess we’re developing a reputation in Washington because we hold 300 and some meetings in the district and we come back with great ideas, because, people that think we have all the right ideas in Washington, we don’t,” said Rep. David McKinley, (R) West Virginia.

The congressman also thanked that group of first responders for the work they continue to do recovering from last summer’s flood.

Next, the congressman is meeting John Marshall High School students encouraging them to look into vocational opportunities inside their school.

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