Watch out, White House. Representatives from Independence are coming to Washington, D.C.

Nearly six decades after former President Harry S Truman left Washington, D.C., a pair of city employees are going back to represent the city in the spirit of the 33rd president.

Fire Chief Sandy Schiess and Emergency Preparedness Manager Mark Widner are scheduled to attend President George W. Bush’s Sept. 8 speech on volunteering to develop a culture of emergency preparedness in America.

They were invited because of the success of the city’s Citizen Corps and CERT volunteer programs, in which citizens learn through six weekly sessions basic emergency response skills so they can aid themselves, family, friends and others in emergencies.

The Independence Citizen Corps program, coordinated by Widner –with the help of a city volunteer coordinator –  focuses on not only expanding the emergency preparedness volunteer program, but also helps improve volunteer efforts in departments throughout City Hall.

Both programs are under the direction of the Fire Department.