Evaluation of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association Statewide Fire-Rescue Disaster Response Plan Utilized During the Florida Wild Fires of 1998 [open pdf - 317KB]
"The problem identified for research was that since the inception of the Florida Fire Chief's Association (FFCA) Statewide Fire-Rescue Disaster Response Plan, no formal evaluation of the plan had been performed to determine its successes, failures, or areas for improvement. [...] The purpose of this applied research project was to evaluate the FFCA Statewide Fire Rescue Disaster Response Plan from the actual managers of the plan to determine if the current plan has been successful in managing large scale disasters such as the Florida Fire Storm season of 1998. The research sought answers to the following questions: (1) Was the State of Florida, Department of Emergency Management, effective with its EOC operations in coordinating the overall wildland/urban interface fire storm disaster of 1998? (2) Did the 'Statewide Fire-Rescue Disaster Response Plan' as developed by the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association (FFCA) provide an effective overall means of providing relief efforts for ESF's [Emergency Support Function] 4 & 9 support functions for the state EOC [Emergency Control Officer]? (3) Did the "Statewide Fire-Rescue Disaster Response Plan" provide Regional Coordinators and County Coordinators with an effective means of allocating resources and deploying resources in a timely manner? (4) Did a recognized Incident Command System (ICS) provide an effective means of coordinating relief efforts for the state EOC, Regional Coordinators, and County Coordinators? (5) Did established communications methods such as telephone, fax, cellular, paging, radios, internet, etc., provide an effective means of transfer of information?"
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/