SMALL COMMUNITY FIRE FIGHTING RESOURCES FOR MAJOR FIRE DISASTERS.
BIO-DYNAMICS INC CAMBRIDGE MASS
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The results are presented of a study which was conducted to determine the preparedness of small communities 18,000-25,000 population to cope with major fires and contingencies arising from severe natural or nuclear disasters. Several New England communities were studied. The strategy employed involved extensive use of field discussions with personnel representing both the fire service and various levels of the Civil Defense organization. It was determined that the majority of smaller communities are insufficiently prepared to cope effectively with extended disaster situations. The reasons for these deficiencies are discussed, and collectively represent insufficient preplanning at various levels of the state and local fire and civil defense organizations. Recommendations voiced by members of these groups to correct this situation are noted, supplemented when applicable by bibliographic references. A summary of a model community disaster plan, including organization and operational procedures, is described. A manual for assisting small communities in preplanning and in assessing their preparedness for major fires and contingencies arising from cataclysmic disasters is presented. Author