Fire Department Storm-Response Management

By Christopher B. Carver Over the past year, fire departments across the United States have responded to such large-scale disasters such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, and blizzards that are often perceived to be "once-in-a-lifetime" tests of local response capabilities. The number and severity of tornadoes during 2011, for example, was the worst in decades. These types of incidents, although devastating in scale and scope, may become even more frequent challenges to emergency response agencies as severe weather phenomena increase in frequency. Fortunately, these large-scale disaster events, although a significant test of a department's response capability, do not have to be...

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