FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer is at the 87th annual U.S. Mayor’s Conference in Honolulu Hawaii through Monday, July 1.
On June 28, she participated in a mock firefighting drill with the IAFF, who represent the full-time professional firefighters and paramedics who protect 85% of the nation’s population in the US and Canada.
“As a Mayor, if you aren’t partnering up with your firefighters, you need to quit.,” said Mayor of Honolulu Kirk Caldwell. “Even though you might not see it, they are savings lives everyday.”
The mayors who participated got to keep the helmet, said Caldwell.
The 87th annual meeting theme is Hawaii is Infrastructure, Innovation, & Inclusion.
There are sessions on Immigration, Women Entrepreneurs, Carbon-Free Economy, Opportunity Zones, ESports, Homelessness & Housing, etc. There are also social events on Waikiki Beach, including a luau.
The U.S, Conference of Mayors began Friday, with events mostly held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. About 225 mayors are expected to attend.
Key scheduled speakers included Karen Pence, wife of the vice president; Caroline Kennedy, former ambassador to Japan; U.S. House transportation committee chair Peter DeFazio; and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, one of six Mayors from Massachusetts attending the event was a presenter.
Membership to the U.S. Conference of Mayors paid by the City of Framingham was $5,269. The cost to attend the Hawaii Conference – Mayor Spicer left on Wednesday – was $950, paid for by the city.
The City of Framingham issued a press release earlier this month that the Mayor would be on the City’s payroll while at the Conference, but that Mayor Spicer would pay for her own airfare, hotel, and meals while at the Conference.
Photos courtesy of IAFF