Wisconsin governor thanks state first responders

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, praised the state's dedicated first responders on Wednesday during one of the oldest emergency management conferences in the U.S.

Walker joined Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, Wisconsin's homeland security advisor and the adjutant general of the Wisconsin National Guard, and more than 350 first responders during the 47th Annual Governor's Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security at the Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. Walker said that conferences like this one help to prepare first responders for man-made and natural disasters.

"I'd like to thank all of our dedicated first responders throughout the state," Walker said. "We rely on your talents and skills to help the residents of our state through various crises. Conferences like this prepare us to handle natural disasters, cyber attacks, and any other threat with which we are presented."

Dunbar praised Walker for supporting the conference and his continued efforts to keep the state safe.

"We face many dangers and threats in Wisconsin," Dunbar said. "This conference brings our emergency management community together, so we truly will be 'always ready, always there,' to protect residents and keep people safe from harm."

During the two-day conference, the first responders on hand attended presentations on the Boston Marathon bombing, flood recovery efforts in southwestern and northern Wisconsin, the state's first Cyber Security Summit held in Milwaukee during the fall and the tornado in Moore, Okla.