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EU: Handling emergencies

EU: Handling emergencies

The Community Mechanism for Civil Protection was introduced to smooth the coordination of European emergency response. In the first of this regular series, Hervé Martin􀂉􀂙 explains how the system works and how it can help in a disaster

  • Civil Protection
  • Europe
Tracking the plume

Tracking the plume

In our last two issues 􀀌Dave Robinson􀂝􀂙 looked at the possible impact of climate change on emergency planning, and how meteorology could assist emergency responders. Here, the UK’s Met Office goes into more detail on its role during the Buncefield response

Russian aviation under strain

Russian aviation under strain

Lina Kolesnikova reports how an ageing fleet, lack of finances, a shrinking pool of both experienced air traffic controllers and pilots, coupled with a surge in traffic over the holiday period, are straining Russia’s air transport system

Aviation resilience - working together

Aviation resilience - working together

Kieth Weston considers the nature of modern aviation terrorism and the need now for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to work in partnership with the global aviation industry, saying that a regime of trust must be developed

Airports and pandemics

Airports and pandemics

As reported in our news pages, research has indicated that limiting air travel could buy critical time during a flu pandemic. Here, 􀀌David Gamper looks at how airports around the world are preparing for a possible outbreak

Emergency training for deaf people

Emergency training for deaf people

Training deaf and hard of hearing students in emergency preparedness is essential, says 􀀞Leo Saidnawey, who outlines a course that did just that

  • Safety
Setting standards

Setting standards

The influx of USAR teams at a disaster can actually hamper response. Arjun Katoch􀂆 describes new guidelines for categorising USAR teams to help overwhelmed co-ordinators

  • USAR
Strategic planning for disasters

Strategic planning for disasters

As the occurrence of natural disasters shows no signs of abating, Mostafa Mohaghegh outlines the vital components of a disaster risk management strategy, and calls for a greater focus on risk mitigation

Serving remote communities

Serving remote communities

Geographically, the Torres Strait Islands in Australia are a spectacular idyll; clinically, they are a minefield, write Ben Creagh􀂆 and A􀂙ndrea Dawson􀂝􀂙. Their remoteness coupled with sometimes stark cultural differences, have led to imaginative health initiatives

Mass repatriation

Mass repatriation

A crisis intervention team comprising doctors, emergency firefighters and a minister from Germany showed that a small well trained team - with a defined mission - can work efficiently in a major event, write Dr Uwe Schweigkofler and colleagues

Psychosocial crisis intervention - part II

Psychosocial crisis intervention - part II

Major Erik de Soir continues his series on psychosocial crisis intervention with military and emergency services by examining typical responses to emotionally distressing, shocking and potentially traumatic events

  • In Depth
Management of flood emergencies - part II

Management of flood emergencies - part II

Following his visit to the US, as documented in the first article in this series, Fire Chief Paul Hayden􀂙 explains the strategies espoused by the Management of Major Flood Emergencies project, which aims provide a single set of working principles for responders

  • Floods
  • In Depth
Continual training cycles: A building block approach

Continual training cycles: A building block approach

Arthur Rabjohn highlights the benefits of a programmed, continual training cycle, using the examples of the American HSEEP and IS120

  • Command / Control
Command at large scale emergencies: joining up the dots

Command at large scale emergencies: joining up the dots

This series of three articles by Peter Power will look at various interpretations of command and what a large scale emergency might be. Can we unify - or at least connect - responders or merely understand the silos they operate in?

  • In Depth
Canine operations - part II

Canine operations - part II

In the second part of our series 􀀊􀂆Chris Pritchard and 􀀝Keith Hampton􀂝􀂙 outline the equipment used when working with dogs at height and using a rope system

  • In Depth
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