Development of a Rapid Damage Assessment Guideline for the Warwick Fire Department [open pdf - 196KB]
"The problem was the Warwick Fire Department did not have a rapid damage assessment guideline to assess damages in an accurate and timely manner. The purpose of this research paper was to develop a standard operating guideline. Action research was used to answer the following research questions: 1. What type of large scale emergency or disaster is the City of Warwick likely to encounter ? 2. What is the importance and purpose of conducting a rapid damage assessment? 3. What is the purpose of a rapid damage assessment guideline? 4. What do Warwick Fire Department fire fighters know about damage assessment? Procedures included a literature review, survey instrument and interviews with local experts. Recommendations included implementation of this procedure, reinstating district inspections, training of fire department and other agency personnel, updating the Emergency Operations Plan and developing an Emergency Operation Center Plan."
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