incident command Articles
A discussion of decision making applied in incident command
Rescuers respond to unique emergency situations. Decision making on the scene of an accident is context-bound, embedded in ever-changing environments. Thus, decisions in action sometimes involve huge uncertainty. This paper discusses decision making as part of incident management, as presented in the research literature. Two main theoretical perspectives on decision making in crises are compared. ...
Environmental factors that influence wildfire protective–action recommendations
Each year wildfire incident commanders (ICs) manage thousands of events throughout the USA that often threaten life and property. In this task they make important decisions to protect both firefighters and citizens, usually under time pressure and uncertainty. Many environmental factors affect the choice and timing of the most effective protective–action in this context (e.g., evacuate, ...
E-emergency management in the USA: a preliminary survey of the operational state of the art
In a world of e-commerce and a growing range of governmental services offered on the internet, what is the state of electronic emergency management in the USA? Interest in the use of computers to perform emergency management functions at the state and local level emerged in the 1980s. Today, survey data indicates widespread use of the internet for communications, a moderate level of data ...
A framework for team–level reliability through a lens of collaboration
The aim of this paper is to develop a behavioural framework for team–level reliability assessment in which different forms of collaboration are used as measures. The paper draws on current theorising on collaboration wherein the concept is divided into a regulatory and a social dimension. This definition of collaboration is further related to research on team–level reliability and principles and ...
Robust and affordable mobile communications for emergency management
During any emergency, reliable communications can be a matter of life-and-death. First-responder communications are widely seen as a critical emergency management issue identified by Hurricane Katrina in the USA, and the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004. In cooperation with national, regional, and local emergency management organisations, a US research consortium has developed and demonstrated robust ...
Simulation techniques for training emergency response
The Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), University of Central Florida, in conjunction with the US Army and the Orange County (Florida) Fire Rescue Department, have developed and fielded a series of simulation techniques for conducting disaster exercises and training public safety personnel to respond to disasters. Simulator training offers several important advantages, including cost and ...
Ohmsett Trains Oil Spill Responders
Abstract Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Test Facility, located in Leonardo, New Jersey, is dedicated to providing independent and objective performance testing of full-scale oil spill response equipment; improving technologies through research and development; and for providing realistic training to response personnel. The U.S. Minerals Management Service manages the facility as ...
Oakland and Downey Demos - US Nuclear Corp
US Nuclear Corp and UAV partner FlyCam UAV were invited to participate in two demonstrations for their UAV mounted Radiation Detection system, the DroneRAD. On January 30, 2019, the BAYEX 2019 took place in the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The objective of the exercise was to coordinate with multiple agencies in the Bay Area for response to an attack on mass transit by a CBRN ...
Does Your Fire Department Have a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT)
Fire departments are often tasked with handling emergency activities that can present to the responding firefighters a varying degree of risk and danger depending on the situation at hand. Rapid intervention teams (RIT), rapid intervention companies (RIC), and firefighter assist and search teams (FAST) all serve the same purpose to fire departments. They are there to facilitate their fellow ...
Learn from Southern Company’s corporate business assurance program
While electric and gas utility companies have developed business continuity and disaster recovery plans in the past, the challenging economic environment of recent years has caused utilities to both accelerate new plan development and strengthen existing plans. With increasing threats such as pandemic, natural disasters and physical and cyber security attacks, the changing landscape created by ...
By Marcus Evans
FIND software tested at NPS SAR Exercise
Two weeks ago, Azimuth1 supported search and rescue teams from across Virginia and North Carolina at the Blue Ridge Parkway Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX), a simulated lost person search mission sponsored and run by the National Park Service. Read all about the experience in this account of the exercise by our team. Search simulations are good opportunities to practice searching and ...
Turning HazMat Headaches into Retail Relief! - The Business Case for Retailers to Outsource EH&S Services
Untitled Document The Hazardous Material Situation Think about a grocery store that stocks its shelves with an abundance of products. What does the store do when a bottle of Clorox Bleach spills on an employee and all over the aisle? How does the store retrieve information on the chemical to properly treat the employee's exposure? What documents does the employee ...
By Verisk 3E
ION Science Tiger LT VOC detector succeeds where others have failed for Lone Star hazmat response - Case Study
Handheld photoionisation detector helps Texas-based emergency spill response specialist ensure the safety of first responders Texas-based Lone Star Hazmat Response is using a handheld TigerLT volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor from Ion Science (www.ionscience.com) – leading manufacturer of advanced gas detection instrumentation for global occupational health and environmental ...
Managing compliance: Understanding the basics of chemical emergency response management
A stellar record of safety and compliance in demanding fields such as chemical emergency response is not easily obtained or managed. Successful programs are strategically developed, well defined, data-driven, process oriented, tactically deployed, implemented at all levels of the organization, well funded, routinely audited and revised and facilitated by experienced and dedicated professionals. ...
By Verisk 3E
On systems analysis and performance assessment in complex, high-risk work environments
In this paper, we outline our work on analysis, evaluation and assessment of military and emergency response units performing complex, high-stake tactical operations. We pursued a broad research approach and adopted a combined theorist's and practitioner's perspective to discover novel and effective ways to accomplish this objective. Experiences from this work made it possible to develop ...
Tower rescue: first-in operations and the IAP
Across the country “tower” type rescues are becoming more and more common. Accordingly, there is a growing need for local rescuers to be aware of these sites in their response areas, pre-plan for different rescue scenarios, and train their specialized rescue personnel to the appropriate level in order to facilitate the rescue in a safe manner. Tower rescues have become so prevalent, ...
How do Lamor Business Hubs and partners network cover all continents in case of any environmental incident?
The strength of the Lamor lies in our network. How do our customers benefit from it? I can be proud to say Lamor provides the best after-sales services in our field. But that wouldn´t be the case without the carefully created global network of professional hubs and partners. Lamor has witnessed many major oil spills in different corners of the world: Siberian oil spills in critical icy ...
Tethered balloons take airborne measurements to new heights
French companies EONEF and ECOMESURE have joined forces to help monitor atmospheric pollutants better. Committed to environmentally-friendly projects, both firms are giving a new lift to air quality monitoring thanks to tethered balloons outfitted with microsensors. This innovation in monitoring the vertical distribution of airborne pollutants provides a clearer picture of dispersion ...
The high level of training for Lamor personnel benefits our customers
I often receive questions from clients about training-related topics, like how often does Lamor provide technical training for our personnel, what kind of training is it, or how does it influence the quality of our services. My name is Diego Fernando Echeverri García, I'm General Manager in Lamor Peru and have worked in the oil spill response industry for almost twenty years. In this ...
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