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Emergency Incident Management

By Paul Matheis


The successful management of an emergency event begins long before the time of the initial time of alarm at a local fire station. Any success is largely due to the efforts and activities undertaken to ensure efficient and effective response procedures by the stakeholders tasked with the political and statutory responsibility. In this document I will highlight the areas that should be addressed so as to begin to establish the foundation of a proper emergency response framework for local, state and federal agencies and authorities. This paper will speak to the need for an effective emergency management plan, a proper first response capability, the ability to develop a robust and reliable logistical support system, and a planning and intelligence gathering system that is reliable, able to transfer and disseminate essential information in real time between disciplines, and can be used to develop a common Incident Action Plan (IAP). A critical component of an efficient and effective emergency management plan is the support from all of the stakeholders. This includes not only all of those agencies responsible for prevention, protection, response and recovery, but the political partners as well. To be successful, it will take support from the people in positions of power to provide the transformational leadership necessary to ensure that the power struggles across the jurisdictional agencies and disciplines do not interfere with a prope

Year: 2012
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