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Crash of Two Subway Trains on the Williamsburg Bridge - New York City, NY

Details interagency response of the NYC EMS, Fire Department and Police Department to the crash of two subway trains.


Developing Effective Standard Operating Procedures for Fire & EMS Departments

This 102-page manual is designed to assist emergency service managers in establishing effective standard operating procedures within their organization. It will serve as a valuable resource for personnel seeking a clear understanding of operational issues, and will facilitate compliance with current laws, regulations, and standards related to the emergency services.


Emergency Incident Rehabilitation

Examines critical topics related to emergency incident rehabilitation, including operational issues, human physiology, weather issues,technology, and addresses ways to better protect firefighters and other emergency responders through the use of proper protective clothing and improved tactical procedures.


Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative

This report provides best practices and recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response. Topics covered include common crash causes and crash prevention, internal and external factors for improving response and roadway safety, vehicle design and maintenance, and regulating emergency vehicle response and roadway scene safety.


Fire Service Operations for the Southeastern Tornados - April 2011

This report provides insight into the challenges and needs of local fire and EMS agencies as they responded to the April 2011 tornados in the southeastern United States.


Fire/EMS Department Operational Considerations and Guide for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents

This guide is a fire and EMS resource that can be used to support planning and preparation for active shooter and mass casualty incidents.


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


Operational Lessons Learned in Disaster Response

This report looks at after action reviews from major disasters of the past decade to gain insight into lessons learned. It identifies gaps and needs in first responder training and resources and presents solutions that serve to better prepare local-level fire services for all-hazard events and to interact with federal resources. The disasters studied were weather-related events that required responding firefighters to assume duties for which they were unprepared or for situations they never anticipated.


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.


Safe Operation of Fire Tankers

Tankers account for the largest number of firefighter crash deaths of all types of fire department vehicles. This report examines the various causal factors that have been identified as problematic for tankers and their drivers.

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