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NCJ Number: 193878 Find in a Library
Title: Protecting Emergency Responders: Lessons Learned from Terrorist Attacks
Author(s): Brian A. Jackson; D. J. Peterson; James T. Bartis; Tom LaTourrette; Irene Brahmakulam; Ari Houser; Jerry Sollinger
Corporate Author: RAND
United States of America
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 102
Sponsoring Agency: RAND
Arlington, VA 22202-5050
Sale Source: RAND
1200 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202-5050
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Conference Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarized discussions from a 2001 conference that brought together individuals with experience in responding to acts of terrorism. With the intent to aid Federal managers and decision-makers in understanding the unique working an d safety environment associated with terrorist incidents, develop a comprehensive personal protection technology research agenda, and improve Federal education and training programs and activities geared toward the health and safety of emergency responders.
Abstract: In response to the 2001 attacks on the U.S. World Trade Center, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) held a conference in December 2001 in New York City to determine what could be learned about protecting the life and health of emergency workers who respond to terrorist attacks. The focus was on personal protective equipment (PPE). Input was provided by emergency workers involved in the September 11 attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon, the 1995 attack on the Federal building in Oklahoma City, and the anthrax incidents in 2001. This conference proceeding report summarized lessons learned about PPE during the events. In addition, discussions from individual professionals that took place during the conference were summarized. The report is organized into seven chapters with the first chapter offering an introduction to the conference and an outline and purpose of the report. The remaining six chapters cover: (1) the unique characteristics of the sites of major terrorist incidents; (2) the availability and performance of PPE at the terrorist sites; (3) the dissemination of information and training; (4) the problems associated with managing major terrorist attack sites and the enforcement of PPE; (5) the recommendations made for moving forward; and (6) concluding remarks, drawing out several strategic policy issues (i.e. guidelines, cost, research, development, and technology transfer, equipment standardization, and safety management). Appendices include organizing partners, conference participants and agenda, and summaries of plenary presentations.
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Domestic terrorism; Emergency services training; Equipment evaluation; Fire emergency planning; Occupational safety and health; Police emergency planning; Police equipment; Protective equipment; Terrorism simulation; Terrorism/Mass Violence
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