As an elected official and a firefighter, I find it troubling that there is not a uniform standard for police and fire identification (ID cards). In times of disaster a police officer or firefighter can provide much needed assistance, but without a uniform standard for ID cards you could get anyone from a professional with technical rescue training to a wannabe that made his own id card. As some one in the field I would appreciate knowing what I am getting if I allow someone to assist with my organization. Maybe to start we use the military ID card as a format and that it could be used as an official form of ID. This could also include Professional Active Duty, Professional Retired, Volunnteer Active Duty, Volunteer Retired for both police and fire personnel.