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|Material Type:||Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Casey McCaslin; Allen. Fire Department.
|Notes:||Accession No.: 135018
Report No. 44459
Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management
Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
|Series Title:||Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.|
Action research was used to create a Tornado Response Plan by answering four research questions: (a) how should damage assessments be conducted following a community-wide disaster; (b) how should emergency response be balanced with conducting damage assessments; (c) what initial actions taken by the CERT would be the most beneficial to mitigating the emergency; and (d) how should emergency calls be prioritized during a community-wide disaster? A 17-question survey was sent to Texas and Florida Fire Departments and two personnel interviews were conducted with experts in CERT. The results showed a positive correlation between an effective response to large-scale emergencies and departments that established a formal damage assessment process, took measures to balance damage assessments with emergency response and prioritized emergency calls.
The recommended Tornado Response Plan used data obtained from the survey and interviews to create a formal damage assessment process, balance damage assessments with emergency response, identify specific activities for CERT and established criteria to prioritize emergency calls.