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Paul Calderwood

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Calderwood is a retired member of the Everett Fire Department, Everett, Massachusetts. He is a national and international lecturer on fire and life safety issues. He holds a Bachelors degree in Fire Protection and Safety and presently working to finish a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management and is a graduate of the NFA’s Executive Fire Officers Program. Deputy Chief Calderwood is an instructor in the Providence College’s Fire Science Program. Deputy Chief Calderwood is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist and Certified Fire Plans Examiner and he was part of the MEMA Seabrook NH Power Plant Emergency Planning team.

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Communication Planning based on Past Disasters

Posted by Paul Calderwood on November 27, 2017

Over the past few months, we have seen a number of disasters that have happened all over this country. As I have read the reports and the articles about these events, I keep seeing a common thread that has been a serious issue in all of them, communications.

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Topics: radio interoperability, radio gateway, Radio interoperability gateway, Hurricane Irma communications, Hurricane Harvey Communications, Command and Control, Rapidly deployable communications, USAR, Communications backup system

Harvey & Irma: The Challenge to Evacuate and Communicate

Posted by Paul Calderwood on September 11, 2017

In the past few weeks, we have seen some incredible images of what Mother Nature can throw at us in a short period of time. Estimates in the billions of gallons of water were dropped on the Houston area from Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma is heading through Florida and heading towards my hometown of Nashville. During the new coverage of these two major events, there has no shortage of public officials talking to reporters about their planning for these events and how ready they were. 

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Topics: natural disaster, Hurricane, Tropical storm, Wildfire, FEMA

Communications Interoperability: Lessons to be learned from the Fort McMurray Wildfire

Posted by Paul Calderwood on July 25, 2017

In the first part of this article, I talked about the Alberta First Responder Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) and lessons learned from the Fort McMurray wildfire. This week, I will talk about other important communications issues raised in the KPMG report.

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Topics: communications interoperability, radio patch, radio frequency, emergency

What can we Learn from the Fort McMurray Wildfire Report

Posted by Paul Calderwood on July 3, 2017

During the early part of May 2016, there was a very serious wildfire that broke out in the area of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. I have just read through the KPMG Fort McMurray Wildfire Report. KPMG was hired to do an after-action review of the entire event, make recommendations, and find lessons learned from this massive fire event. For the purposes of this article, I am going to look at the issues that were faced by the fire official from the communications aspects of the fire.

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Topics: emergency management, Disaster Risk Reduction, Two-way radio network, Fire response, Radio communications system, ICS system

SECOND PART: Firefighter LODD and the Communications Issues Involved

Posted by Paul Calderwood on June 20, 2017

In my last blog post, I explained how a firefighter died battling a house fire in Connecticut in 2014. I talked about the steps that an incident commander should be looking at. In this article, I'll talk about recommendations.

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Topics: mayday, NIOSH Report, RIT team, Incident Commander, Fire conditions, Communication problems in crisis situations, emergency Communication system, critical voice

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