Emergency Management Preparedness Standards: Overview and Options for Congress [Updated February 4, 2005] [open pdf - 108KB]
From the Summary: "The report includes three recommendations that focus on emergency response standards: (1) the adoption and use of emergency response standards for incident command; (2) mutual aid provisions concerning liability and indemnification of responders; and (3) private sector preparedness. Through enactment of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-458) Congress addressed these recommendations. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security has taken action to establish standards to improve emergency response capabilities."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32520