Emergency Incident Management Systems: Fundamentals and Applications / Edition 1

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A "street smart" look atincident management in all its permutations

Incident Management Systems (IMS) provide the means by which to coordinate the efforts of individual agencies in order to stabilize an incident and protect life, property, and the environment. Born from the FireScope project of the late 1960s, which was developed in response to the major wildfires that regularly plagued Southern California, these systems have evolved with many similarities and certain fundamental differences.

Emergency Incident Management Systems: Fundamentals and Applications contrasts the major forms of Incident Management/Incident Command Systems. The author illuminates these differences and offers a fresh perspective on the concepts on which these systems are founded in order to make them more accessible and user-friendly. Without suggesting major changes in the systems, he bridges the gap between their theoretical and academic foundations and their real-world applications, and makes them more applicable to the professional's daily needs.

Timely features of the book include:

  • An "in the field" point of view
  • Coverage of incidents of mass destruction
  • Filled-out sample forms designed to aid professionals in completing reports

In post–9/11 America, where incident management has become a national priority—one that must be easilyunderstood and applicable across all emergency systems—this book provides a useful tool for helping today's emergency workers be more informed and more prepared than ever.

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"…written by a hazardous materials professional with a common sense approach and non-technical language that makes the title appropriate for laypeople." (E-STREAMS, September 2007)

"…public safety officers; public health officers...federal emergency responders...hospital administrators…would find this book a useful addition to their collection." (E-STREAMS, September 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471455646
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/12/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction and history of emergency incident management systems (IMS) 1
2 The five "C's" of command 15
3 The evolution of the modern application of incident management systems 25
4 Common components of the incident management system 31
5 Major command functions of the incident management system 53
6 The planning process in incident management systems 97
7 The logistics process 147
8 Customizing incident management systems for specific applications 163
9 Advanced incident management system concepts 217
App. A Incident command post systems position description checklists 233
App. B Incident command system forms 277
App. C Hospital emergency incident command (HEICS) job action sheets 385
App. D Examples of tactical worksheets for incident command 485
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