Cross Training for First Responders

Author: Gregory Bennett
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781439826546
Format: PDF, ePub
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The tragedy that occurred in the United States on September 11, 2001 brought enhanced emergency preparedness among first responders to the forefront of public awareness. Since those events — and despite significant progress made in many of the areas previously deemed deficient — some response areas are still woefully inadequate. Cross-Training for First Responders highlights these weaknesses that, in many cases, still remain in the response community. The book presents concrete solutions that arm first responders with vital knowledge so that they are better prepared in the event of another major incident. Innovative training The author demonstrates that the best way responders can prepare for, react to, and mitigate an incident is to require them to train outside their traditional responsibilities — thereby developing an understanding of other first responder agencies’ terms, methods, and operational procedures. Despite this enhanced situational training, communication gaps can occur during cross-response and across regions. The book explains the kind of training required to prevent a lack of situational awareness by those thrust into unfamiliar territory during crisis events or mass disasters. Other topics include ways to curtail the inherent tensions that arise between voluntary and career responders, how to turn conflicts between various responding agencies into collaboration, innovative training strategies, grant opportunities to pay for training and equipment, and the rising trend of on-line training courses. Testing readiness before an incident occurs Finally, the book covers mechanisms for testing first responders’ ability to apply their new cross-training techniques, demonstrates how to plan and conduct a "tabletop" drill, and explains how to review the drill results to determine the areas in which participants are still deficient. By identifying problem areas and offering concrete solutions, this book enables first responders to harness every possible advantage so that they are prepared and ready to confront the next crisis, no matter where it may strike.

Emergency Response Guidebook

Author: U.S. Department of Transportation,
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1510726209
Format: PDF, ePub
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If you came upon an overturned truck on the highway that was leaking, would you be able to identify if it was hazardous and know what steps to take? Does the identification number 60 indicate a toxic substance or a flammable solid, in the molten state at an elevated temperature? Does the identification number 1035 indicate ethane or butane? What is the difference between natural gas transmission pipelines and natural gas distribution pipelines? Questions like these and more are answered in the 2016 update of the Emergency Response Guidebook. Learn how to identify symbols for vehicles carrying toxic, flammable, explosive, radioactive, or otherwise harmful substances and how to respond once an incident involving those substances has been identified. Always be prepared in situations that are unfamiliar and dangerous and know how to rectify them. Keeping this guide around at all times will ensure that, if you were to come upon a transportation situation involving hazardous substances or dangerous goods, you will be able to help keep others and yourself out of danger. With color-coded pages for quick and easy reference, this is the official manual used by first responders in the United States and Canada for transportation incidents involving dangerous goods or hazardous materials.

The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook

Author: American Red Cross
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316736466
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The first moments after an injury occurs are the most critical. This authoritative guidebook, based on course materials used by Red Cross chapters across the United States, shows you how to handle every type of first aid emergency.

First Unit Responder

Author: Mark R. Hawthorne
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9780849300233
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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"Physical evidence cannot be wrong; it cannot perjure itself; it cannot be wholly absent. Only its interpretation can err. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can diminish its value." -Presiding Judge, Harris v U.S., 331 U.S. 145 (1947) HOW TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE CRIME SCENE WHILE CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers is a training guide and reference for patrol officers and criminal investigators, who conduct preliminary investigations of crime scenes, to aid in identification, collection, and booking of physical evidence. Written by a veteran of 24 years of law enforcement, the book stresses the importance of understanding the critical nature of physical evidence and preservation of the crime scene as part of the case against a criminal defendant. This book is an important tool for police academies that train recruits and veteran patrol officers, as well as for students of criminal justice who seek guidelines for proper collection and handling of physical evidence.

Hospital Emergency Response Teams

Author: Jan Glarum
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN: 9780080964959
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Hospital Emergency Response Teams aims to provide authoritative training for hospital personnel in the emergency department, as well community-level medical service personnel, assisting them in times of disaster and emergency. Comprised of six chapters, the book covers various aspects of emergency response. Some of the aspects are the National Incident Management System (NIMS) implementation activities for hospitals and health care systems and the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) IV missions. The book also explains the implementation issues, requirements, and timelines in establishing an internal HICS IV program. It presents the assessment of likely mass casualty events and potential hospital impact. The book also features appendices for emergency response team checklists, PPE donning and doffing guide, ambulatory and non-ambulatory decontamination setup, ETA exercises, and ETA drills. The book is intended to provide understanding of emergency response to first emergency medicine professionals, first responders, security staff, community-level disaster planners, and public health and disaster management researchers. Common sense approach shows what really works, not what is theoretically achievable Forms, checklists, and guidelines can be used to develop concrete response plans, validate existing operations, or simply expand knowledge base The latest from OSHA, Joint Commission and NIMS (National Incident Management System) Cross-disciplinary author team ensures material is appropriate for all member of this important collaboration

Critical Infrastructure

Author: Robert S. Radvanovsky
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420095289
Format: PDF, ePub
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To keep emergency management, disaster response, and homeland security personnel fully current, Radvanovsky and McDougall have updated their essential reference.Keeping pace with the changes in laws and policies made by the Department of Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure: Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Second Edition reflects the development of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the total revision of the National Response Framework (NRF), implemented in 2008. The book expands sections on the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Homeland Security Presidential Directives, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions Systems (SCADA) security initiatives. Includes Downloadable Web References In addition to being a comprehensive source of highly useful reference material, this timely work also introduces the paradigm shift in thinking that is subtly moving us away from the Force Protection Doctrine toward an All-Hazards approach to CIP. To this end, it re-introduces the term called Critical Infrastructure Assurance (CIA). Keeping pace with this development, the authors demonstrate how emergency management and CIA go hand in hand. This changing world of ours in which emergency preparedness is finding a permanent niche requires us to integrate and incorporate emergency management and homeland security concepts with infrastructure assurance options. Ultimately, to keep our society both prepare and psychologically healthy we must be able to assure that infrastructure services will continue operating no matter what disaster may befall us.

Management Principles for Building and Operating Biocontainment Facilities

Author: Kelly Cole
Publisher: Dockside Consultants Inc
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This practical, highly focused book is intended to be an authoritative planning and management reference for anyone associated with capital projects or facility operations involving biocontainment facilities for research on potentially dangerous biological pathogens and toxins. The emphasis is on research facilities that are designed to operate at biosafety containment Levels 3 or 4, which in the U.S. is designated BSL-3 or BSL-4 as defined by the CDC and NIH. Level 3 and 4 biocontainment is referred to in this book as high-containment. The book is directed especially to people of all disciplines who are new to high-containment; to managers or program leaders undertaking new initiatives to expand, build new, or modernize high-containment facilities; to administrators who need a clear picture of the level of institutional commitment that high-containment facilities entail; and to veterans in the field who have yet to codify their thinking on the elements of their successes or possibly even failures. This is not a book about design details, specific floor plans, or detailed procedural protocols. Nor is it about science facilities in general. Rather, it is about the management of capital projects and operational programs that have specific high-containment program elements. This book distills and codifies the experience, insights, and lessons learned of seasoned practitioners (facility planners, project directors, owners, end users, science program managers, and facility operators) who are immersed in the field of high-containment facility planning, construction, operation, and program management. They have experienced at first-hand the remarkable advancement that has occurred in the ten-year period 2002-2012 in the thinking and practice of delivering and operating safe environments for research involving dangerous biological pathogens and toxins. They share their management experiences, insights, and lessons learned in the form of 55 management principles for developing and operating successful high-containment facilities, important background information, personal testimonies and counsel, and guidelines and templates for planning and operations.The management principles put forth in this book come in two types: Normative Principles (things to do or not to do), and Descriptive Principles (if you do or don't do this, expect the following outcome). It is intended that these principles will spur productive discussion among future project and management team members to shape successful project and management outcomes. Appendices list all 55 of the book's management principles and a glossary of terminology pertaining to high-containment facilities. The ten-year period - 2002 to 2012 - represents the most active, aggressive, and well-funded decade of high-containment facility growth in history. In this decade, major biocontainment laboratory facilities have been built or have undergone major upgrades in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa, and hundreds of research universities and hospitals, government research agencies, private sector biopharmaceutical firms, diagnostic companies, and research institutes have completed or are currently modernizing or putting in place new facility capacity for high-containment research programs. Many of these facilities have now accumulated significant start-up, commissioning, and operational experience, which this book seeks to codify and chronicle for the benefit of future high-containment research programs. All book royalties received by Tradeline are being donated to biocontainment facility operations training programs in Africa to offset the costs of visiting subject area experts who conduct special training courses in high-containment facilities management, maintenance, and operations.