Developing a Contemporary Hazardous Materials Response Strategy - Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board [open pdf - 210KB]
"This research investigates initiatives developed by fire services for responding to hazardous materials incidents in order to develop a contemporary hazardous materials response strategy for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Melbourne. In the absence of a strategic response plan, an all hazards generic response model is employed. Action research was used to identify the legislative role, strategic planning frameworks, contemporary response models and strategies adopted by Australian fire services in hazardous materials response. A literature review, focus group and telephone interviews of industry representatives supported the findings that capability enhancement can be significantly improved by strategic planning and project management frameworks must look beyond operation value to maximize performance. The research recommended stakeholders be engaged, strategic planning in operations be expanded, and that a best practice model be developed."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/