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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the 2010 Edition of NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. March 2010. It is available for download at no charge on NFPA’s Web site. [MORE]
Taming the Fire Triangle (Feb 1, 2010)
Fire is defined as a rapid, persistent chemical change that releases heat and light and is accompanied by flame, especially the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance. Annually, it kills an estimated 166,000 people worldwide—nearly 19 fatalities per hour. Some estimates suggest nearly 300,000 deaths per year. The International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire estimates that the annual cost of fire damage adds up to one percent of international gross domestic product, or $640 billion.
The Need for Joint Hazards Assessment Teams (Sep 1, 2009)
The threat of an attack on a high-profile individual or large numbers of people gathered for major public assembly events presents significant challenges for public safety agencies.
Response to Critical Incidents “A to Z” (Sep 1, 2009)
Today’s criminals and terrorists are more determined and heavily armed than ever before, and crisis situations such as threats, illicit labs, civil unrest, active shooters, barricaded subjects, and hostage takings are occurring with alarming frequency.
Bioterrorism Response: Does the Way Forward Lie in Our Past? (Sep 1, 2009)
Ever since the “Amerithrax” attacks of 2001, a debate has raged throughout much of the collective homeland security community regarding field testing of biological agents.
Protecting Mobile Equipment (Jul 1, 2009)
In light of several highly publicized explosions and fires in the refining and fuel storage industries—the result of vapor leaks followed by ignition—how can you improve safety measures to prevent mobile equipment operating under hot work permits or within the fringes of the classified areas from creating another disaster? Heavily regulated by governments throughout the world, refineries and similar energy industries must ensure that any explosion risk is minimized.
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