Information Bulletin Number 0704023


Survey Information

The Office of Fire Prevention and Control has received inquiries from fire departments regarding the legitimacy of a survey, purportedly for the federal government, that is being sent to fire departments throughout the state.

The survey instrument consists of three pages, which bear the logos of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. The mailing envelope bears the name of the contractor conducting the survey: MCH Business to Institution Solutions.

OFPC reported this information to the New York State Intelligence Center and requested verification. NYSIC reports that the survey is a legitimate federal government sponsored activity and poses no security threat. The purpose of the survey is to improve the federal critical infrastructure database. The transmittal letter accompanying the survey provides contact phone numbers for fire departments to call if they have questions.

John F. Mueller
Acting State Fire Administrator
State of New York
Office of Fire Prevention and Control