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Fire Departments and Maritime Interface Area Preparedness

This report addresses fire department preparedness for incidents in maritime areas and the importance of establishing a multiagency response capability that includes law enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard, port authorities, the private sector, emergency medical services, and emergency management agencies. Stakeholders in maritime emergency preparedness include Federal, State, and local governments as well as commercial private-sector entities and labor organizations.


Fire Police and EMS Coordination at Apartment Building Explosion (Harlem, New York City - November 1992)

Multi-agency response to gas explosion in highrise apartment building involves substantial search and rescue operations, patient triage and evacuation.


Fires Involving Medical Oxygen Equipment: Special Report

This report describes the general hazards associated with oxygen-enriched atmospheres, including aluminum in contact with high-pressure oxygen, a number of recent incidents, maintenance recommendations, and contributing factors are also included.


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.


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.


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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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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