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Firefighters (not) for FEMA

Call it yet another waste of precious resources...
 
 
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At the request of FEMA, more than 1000 firefighters convened in Atlanta over the weekend, most of whom believed they would be imminently deployed to Katrina's disaster areas to help sift through rubble, facilitate escapes, and save lives.

Instead, the firefighters were shocked to learn that FEMA hadn't intended for them to do any pesky real relief work -- noooo, they'd been recruited for the all-important mission of passing out flyers for the Pat Robertson-loving federal organization.

This was, understandably, not good news to many of the confused men and women, and the Salt Lake Tribune reports that some of them "peeled off their FEMA-issued shirts and stuffed them in backpacks, saying they refuse[d] to represent the federal agency."

When questioned about the lack of participation by the frustrated firepeople, FEMA spokesperson Mary Hudak said, "I would go back and ask the firefighter to revisit his commitment to FEMA, to firefighting and to the citizens of this country."

Unsurprisingly, Hudak failed to address whether FEMA had revisited its commitment to helping save the lives of "the citizens of this country," most of whom are utterly screwed up right now from watching, living, eating, sleeping and breathing this country's worst natural disaster in history.

What's wrong with these people?

Laura Barcella is an Associate Editor at AlterNet.