The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was established in 1979. FEMA's mission is to focus Federal efforts on preparedness for, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from emergencies encompassing the full range of natural and manmade disasters. FEMA's National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Maryland, includes the United States Fire Administration (USFA), its National Fire Academy (NFA), and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). To achieve the Academy's legislated mandate (under Public Law 93-498, October 29, 1974), "to advance the professional development of fire service personnel and other persons engaged in fire prevention and control activities," the National Fire Academy has developed an effective program linkage with established fire training systems which exist at the state and local levels. Academy field courses have been sponsored by the respective state fire training systems in every state. The staff of the National Fire Academy is proud to join with state and local fire agencies in providing educational opportunities to the members of the nation's fire services. This course addresses the special needs of responders to incidents which may have been caused by terrorist action. The response to terrorism program builds upon the firm foundation provided by the Hazardous Materials curriculum offered at the Academy and adds specialized information concerning such topics as: current Department of Justice definitions of terrorism; a history of terrorism; agents utilized by terrorists; suspicious circumstances; self-protection at potential terrorist scenes; crime scene considerations; and specialized incident command issues.
From Barcelona and London to Ottawa ON, terrorist attacks continue to make headlines all over the globe. These events differ in some ways from traditional emergencies, requiring responses that are complex, quick, and dynamic, all within a crowded stakeholder space. How prepared is Canada and its citizens to deal with emergencies resulting from terrorism events? What can we learn from recent events across the world that will help us to be better prepared to deal with an attack on home soil? In February 2017, The Conference Board of Canada's Centre for National Security and Council on Emergency Management held a joint meeting that brought together senior members of local, federal, and international law enforcement, and emergency response officials to discuss recent terrorist attacks, trends in emergency preparedness, and ways to move forward.
Since the terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001, emergency responders and decisionmakers at all government levels have intensified their efforts to implement appropriate steps for improving the nation's ability to respond to large terrorist attacks. Such efforts have been hampered, however, by disagreement and uncertainty concerning how the emergency response community should prepare for large terrorist attacks and what changes would be required to achieve new levels of preparedness. This monograph presents an analytical framework for characterizing what emergency responders must be prepared to do after a terrorist attack. The framework provides a way to quantify emergency-response performance requirements in terms of the life-saving missions that need to be accomplished, the level at which those missions must be performed, and the time interval over which they must be conducted. The authors apply the framework to a set of terrorist-attack scenarios to demonstrate the viability and benefit of the framework in helping to analyze investments in improving emergency response to terrorism.
Provides a useful perspective on mass transit preparedness, offering information on the current practices of selected transit agencies to prevent and respond to terrorism and acts of extreme violence. This synthesis contrasts transit perspectives to those of general service police through a review of the relevant literature.
Author: United States. Bureau of Justice Assistance
Category: Civil defense
This training program was developed for the men and women of the nation's fire and emergency services agencies.the training program includes five modules : terrorism in perspective; incidents and indicators; self-protection; scene control; and notification and coordination.
Have the contents of an entire hazardous materials and WMD first responder course at your fingertips when you need it most ... at an incident. This handy field guide covers most of the operational level first responder competencies identified in NFPA 472 and 473, with guidelines to help you recognize and safely manage any hazmat incident or WMD event. It's the perfect companion to the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).The information is organized into fourteen chapters:1. The "e;Quick Reference Guide"e; contains a concise overview of your responsibilities as a first responder.2. "e;Recognizing and Responding to a Hazmat/WMD Incident"e; has detailed explanations and guidelines on each of the tasks listed in Chapter 1.3. "e;Labels, Placards, and Other Marking Systems"e; provides key points on each of the hazard classes and information on various other marking systems.4. "e;Container Recognition"e; provides clues about the types of products found in various containers and how these containers behave in an emergency. Look at both the general information about the type of container (nonbulk package, cargo tank, rail car, etc.) and specific information about the particular container(s) in question.5. "e;Assessing the Hazards"e; contains information on how hazardous materials cause harm, toxicological terms and exposure limits, properties of flammable liquids, chemical and physical properties, and guidelines for dealing with special hazmat situations.6. "e;Medical Management of Hazmat Exposures"e; has information on the risk of secondary contamination, patient decon, triage, health effects of hazardous materials commonly encountered, EMS treatment protocols, and medical support of hazmat response personnel.7. "e;Introduction to Terrorism"e; provides information on distinguishing a terrorist event from an accident and distinguishing between chemical and biological warfare agents.8. "e;Explosives Incidents"e; has information on how to recognize common explosives and initiation devices and guidelines on what to do upon discovery of a device or after detonation of an explosive.9. "e;Chemical Warfare Agents"e; has general information on how to deal with incidents involving chemical warfare agents, as well as more detailed information on nerve agents, blister agents, blood agents, choking agents, and riot control agents.10. "e;Biological Warfare Agents"e; provides general information on dealing with incidents involving biological warfare agents, as well as more detailed information on specific biological agents.11. "e;Nuclear Events"e; has information on dealing with incidents (intentional or accidental) involving radioactive materials.12. "e;Tactical Considerations"e; provides more information on defensive options and the use of foam.13. "e;Additional Considerations"e; includes guidelines on dealing with the media, minimizing liability, developing protective action messages, preserving evidence, and dealing with children.14. "e;Resources for Information and Assistance"e; provides information on various agencies that can help you manage a hazmat incident or terrorist event.Five previous editions were released in print form. The book was updated for this 2014 eBook edition.