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Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services

Provides information regarding funding for local level emergency medical services (EMS) and fire departments. The document includes sources of federal funding as well as other new and innovative funding sources not discussed in previous editions.


Industrial Plastics Fire Major Triage Operation (Flint, MI - November 1988)

The successful outcome of this fire is credited to the incident command system used, including a strict requirement for SCBA use and rotation of personnel.


Major Propane Gas Explosion and Fire (Perryville, MD - July 1991)

This explosion and fire claimed the life of one resident, injured 16 civilians and 16 firefighters, and caused an estimated $10 million in property damage.


Mitigation of Occupational Violence to Firefighters and EMS Responders

This report documents the causes of violence to firefighters and EMS responders. It explains the risk factors for violence and presents opportunities to reduce or prevent it.


National Safety Culture Change Initiative

This report looks at fire and emergency service cultural aspects that contribute to occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities. It provides a basic understanding of the fire and emergency service culture, identifies individual and organizational behaviors that positively and negatively impact health and safety, and highlights focus areas for change by raising awareness about unsafe practices.

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Manuals and Reports


Northern Illinois University Shooting (DeKalb, Illinois, February 2008)

The report details successful multiagency cooperation between the Dekalb Fire Department and University partners and a textbook application of the National Incident Management System in response to a mass-casualty shooting incident at Northern Illinois University.


Operational Templates and Guidance for EMS Mass Care Incident Deployment

Provides information for local-level Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and fire departments on the development of preparedness policies for mass care incidents, including natural and man-made disasters, large gathering and pandemic events, and other emergencies potentially resulting in large numbers of patients.


Rail Emergencies: Special Report

The purpose of this Special Report is to identify the challenges to strategic planning and tactical operations in the area of rail transportation emergencies, and to provide planning suggestions for fire and rescue departments.

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Traffic Incident Management Systems

This manual provides technical guidance and training programs in traffic incident management for fire and emergency service providers. It includes case studies of roadway incidents that have taken firefighters lives, highway scene safety survival basics, and incident command for roadway incidents.


Wanton Violence at Columbine High School (Littleton, CO - April 1999)

This report is an analysis of the fire service and emergency medical service (EMS) operations and the overall response to the assault on Columbine High School at Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999. Incident command, special operations, and mass casualty emergency medical services are featured.


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