Fire, Police, and EMS Coordination at Apartment Building Explosion - Harlem, New York City [open pdf - 429KB]
"An undetected natural gas leak in an eleventh floor apartment of a 12-story fire resistive residential structure caused an explosion which killed three elderly residents and injured 34 others, including 19 police officers and six firefighters. The efforts of the three lead response agencies, Fire, Police, and EMS, were coordinated within the structure of an Incident Command System (ICS). Integrated and cooperative command, linked with the implementation of a Collapse Rescue Plan; prudent triage and effective use of available resources for medical treatment; and rapid perimeter control to prevent further injuries demonstrated that seemingly overwhelming emergencies can be managed by applying good standard operating procedures. The lessons learned/reinforced by each agency at this incident can serve as a model to assist other emergency responders in planning for similar situations."
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