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Handling-over a Major Incident: The neglected component of Airfield Emergency Operations?

Posted by Jon Hall on February 20, 2018

More than 200 attended the AFOA conference in January and heard presentations on the attendance to 2 major incidents in the US. The first involved the engine fire involving flight 383 at Chicago O’Hare airport in October 16’ and second told the story of the operation that grew from the actions of a single ‘active shooter’ at FT Lauderdale Airport only a year ago. 

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Topics: ARFF, Fort Lauderdale airport shooter, Airfield emergency plan, Incident Commander

Solving the Interoperability Headache: Cheshire County Case Study

Posted by Base Camp Connect on October 2, 2017

Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office, located in New-Hampshire, US., answers more than 47,000 calls annually. They serve a community of 75,000 people in an area that covers over 7,000 square miles divided into 23 towns.

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Topics: Sheriff Office, public safety communications, Mutual aid operations, Mobile Command Trailer, Mobile radios, Cross-agency interoperability, Tactical Communications, Radio interoperability gateway, Incident Commander, Communications trailer, Law enforcement communications

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

Firefighter LODD and the Communications Issues Involved

Posted by Paul Calderwood on June 13, 2017

This article is a real life and death story about radio communications at a house fire in Connecticut in 2014 that resulted in death of a career firefighter from running out of breathing air. Attached to this article are 2 links that you should look at. One is the NIOSH Report that details the events of this tragic day and the other is news station coverage of the event and the radio traffic involved. The NIOSH reports are written on all firefighter fatal incident and I have had my officers use them as a part of their daily drills to read and discuss the events, issues, equipment failures and recommendations to prevent a similar event from happening again. NEWS FLASH: history does repeat itself. When you read these reports and you see the same reasons over and over again it makes you wonder WHY?

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

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