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FEMA Releases Recommendations for Emergency Response to Major Incidents

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released a report, “Responding to Incidents of National Consequence,” which includes recommendations for fire and emergency services based on the events of September 11, 2001, and other similar incidents. The report was developed by the National Fire Programs Division of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), and includes a prioritized checklist of recommended actions for emergency response agencies and other support information. “This report is important for those emergency response leaders who coordinate or support local incident management at major or complex emergencies and disasters,” said Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “The guidance will help them function efficiently and effectively under the National Incident Management System.” The report provides guidance to fire departments and emergency services across America to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major multi-jurisdictional local incidents that have national consequences and may involve national resources. The issues and recommendations in the report were identified in various after-action reports and interviews with the leaders of the organizations that responded to, participated in, and managed these events. Full Story

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