Fireground Management, Leadership, Officer Development, USAR

The Identification Chief: The Americanized Population Behavior Officer

Issue 8 and Volume 171.

By STEPHEN COOVER The United Front program was developed after a large-scale drill was conducted in 2011 at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, on the readiness of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urban search & rescue (US&R) task force teams following an earthquake with a magnitude equal to those of the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes (7.5-7.9 on the Richter Scale). Scientists believe we could be overdue for a large earthquake; the consensus is that such an event would be so catastrophic that it would mark the first time the United States would have to request assistance from other countries. Currently, China and the United States are the only countries that have never requested such assistance after a disaster. Through research and public awareness, we may be able to prevent the loss of life that comes with these disasters.   The initial United Front program was conducted in…

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