Decontamination Considerations in Dealing With A Chemical Agent Mass-Casualty Incident

by Theodore Jarboe -

Decontamination operations are a business-as-usual task for most hazmat teams and other first responders. But not when there are hundreds or perhaps thousands of victims and the responders themselves are in danger of being contaminated.

The National Information Exchange Model

by Thomas O'Reilly -

The new NIEM standard provides a much-needed solution to the problems caused when many agencies at all levels of government respond to the same incident, but do not speak the same language.

First National Security Cutter Christened; Bertholf Honors First Coast Guard Commandant

by Gordon I. Peterson -

Pascagoula ceremonies celebrate a major upgrading of the USCG's ability to carry out its homeland-defense and national-security missions both on the high seas and in the waters close to the U.S. mainland.

Can U.S. Defeat the Suicide/Homicide-Bomber Threat?

by Joseph Steger -

U.S. law-enforcement agencies at all levels of government are gearing up to deal with a possibly nationwide outbreak of terrorist attacks similar to those that have already terrified London, Madrid, Bali, Mumbai, and - most of all - Baghdad.

CBRNE: Beyond the Coast Guard Strike Teams

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

The Coast Guard men and women on the scene 24/7 throughout the U.S. maritime domain are the service's true front-line forces in the prevention of CBRNE attacks. They need more and better equipment, though, and a lot more training. Starting yesterday.

CBRNE Incidents - The Role of the Firefighter

by Theodore Jarboe -

From Nero's time to the present, the firefighter's primary mission has been to put out the fire. When weapons of mass destruction are added to the matrix, that mission becomes much more difficult and, not incidentally, much more lethal as well.

Forensics and Disaster Recovery - A Delicate Balance

by J. Michael Barrett -

Establishment, at the national level, of a new ICS (Incident Command System) protocol gives first responders the opportunity not to change their crime-scene priorities, but to keep them in better balance.

ARNG/USCG Interoperability - A Joint Ops Success Story

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

When the nation's armed services and law-enforcement agencies pool their resources and personnel the result is almost always more missions accomplished, more effectively, and at lower cost to U.S. taxpayers.

The Rationale for a Domestic Constabulary

by John P. Sullivan -

Emergency Management Assistance Compacts between neighboring states represent a major step forward along the path to regional security. The next step could and perhaps should be the establishment of a national domestic constabulary.

HazMat Instruction: A Lethal Curriculum

by Robert Stephan -

Local and regional hazmat teams now serve at the forward edge of the homeland-defense forces responding to incidents involving the use or potential presence of toxic agents. How are these front-line heroes trained - and who trains them?