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Weaknesses in Emergency Planning, Mutual Aid Use Aired at Conference

Issue 7 and Volume 133.

Weaknesses in Emergency Planning, Mutual Aid Use Aired at Conference features Common disaster management problems for fire fighters and rescue workers were discussed at a recent statewide emergency care conference in Robbinsdale, Minn. “Around the country, there has been very little fire chief participation in emergency preparedness planning,” said Paul Boecker, chairman of the emergency preparedness committee of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and chief of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, Lisle, Ill. A fault common to many disasters was failure to initially recognize the magnitude of the situation, which can delay or adversely affect implementation of the pre-plan. As a result, we have far too many deaths and injuries, explained Chief Donald Johnson of the Columbia Heights Fire Department, who is vice president of the Fire Instructors Association of Minnesota. “We’re not making the proper basic decisions,” he said. “By tradition, the fire service responds with aggressive early action.…

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