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Developing a tornado response plan to identify immediate actions for initial response units

Author: Casey McCaslin; Allen. Fire Department.
Publisher: Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy, February 2010.
Series: Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.
Edition/Format:   eBook : National government publication : English
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The problem was the Allen Fire Department (AFD) failed to identify essential actions for initial responding field units following a tornado touchdown that resulted in misallocation of resources, incomplete and inaccurate damage assessments, non-prioritized emergency responses and potential loss of life. The purpose of this applied research project was to identify and implement a Tornado Response Plan that
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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.
OCLC Number: 696572719
Notes: Accession No.: 135018
Report No. 44459
Allen, TX
Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management
Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
Description: 59 p.
Series Title: Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.

Abstract:

The problem was the Allen Fire Department (AFD) failed to identify essential actions for initial responding field units following a tornado touchdown that resulted in misallocation of resources, incomplete and inaccurate damage assessments, non-prioritized emergency responses and potential loss of life. The purpose of this applied research project was to identify and implement a Tornado Response Plan that identifies immediate actions taken by initial responding field units, including community emergency response team (CERT), immediately after a tornado touched down. The purpose of this research project was accomplished by thoroughly evaluating the damage assessment collection process, determining the most effective use of CERT and creating criteria to prioritize emergency calls during a community-wide disaster.

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.

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