Fire and Emergency Medical Services

“Through every disaster or crisis, our first responders from DFEMS have been at the frontline of our emergency response. We thank them and our law enforcement for working together and for the sacrifices they make each and every day.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

The Torres-Palacios administration intend to provide efficient and effective firefighting, fire protection, fire investigation, emergency medical services, specialized rescue, handling of hazardous material, and wildland firefighting services to persons and property in the CNMI. 

Governor Torres has been a longtime proponent of a government department dedicated to combatting fires, providing medical transportation and services, and rescue missions to protect life during times of distress and emergency. In 2014, when he was Senate President, he established the CNMI Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services to meet his priority of keeping the public safe from all hazards.  

During the ongoing CNMI COVID-19 response, first responders from the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, continue to provide medical transportation of patients and persons under investigation, as well as provide logistical support to the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force. 

CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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