Fire Service Involvement in Disaster Shelter Inspection
Final rept. Sep 1981-Apr 1985
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS INC WASHINGTON DC
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The report assesses expansion of the fire service role in disaster shelter inspection. Three alternate levels of fire service involvement are identified. Each represents progressively greater levels of effort, differing by degrees of specialization, time and organizational requirements. They are 1 Providing basic information on shelter identification and suitability, and procedures for updating this information 2 Inspecting potential shelters for suitability as host area shelters Congregate Care Facilities and 3 Inspecting shelters for their ability to provide adequate blast, fire and radiation protection. In addition, fire service involvement in shelter inspection is examined with reference to 1 Compatibility with FEMAs needs and requirements 2 Fire Department organization and operations and 3 Costs to FEMA and the participating fire department implementing these activities. The general conclusion is that, properly supported by training, coordination, and administration, the fire service can enhance FEMAs ability to develop and maintain a nationwide shelter system.
- Safety Engineering
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