Damage Assessment: Validating the Efficacy of the Windshield Survey   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The intent of this paper was to determine the efficacy of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's (TVF&R) initial assessment performed by fire response crews immediately following a manmade or natural disaster such as an earthquake or terrorist attack. The problem was that the public safety, specifically TVF&R's, efficacy in regards to rapid damage assessment process has not been validated. More specifically, the use of the windshield survey to conduct the damage assessment by fire response crews has not been evaluated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the public safety, specifically TVF&R's efficacy in regards to rapid damage assessment and windshield survey process used following a large scale manmade or natural disaster. To meet the purpose of this paper, descriptive research method answered the following questions: (a) What is the region's geographical and historic susceptibility to natural disasters; (b) What are the standards for rapid damage assessment including forms used by first responding companies at TVF&R; (c) What standard(s) or procedure(s) are used by other fire departments in the Pacific Northwest to conduct a rapid damage assessment; and (d) What national standard(s) or procedure(s) exist to conduct a rapid damage assessment?"

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