All the World's a Stage

Hopmeir, Michael
March 2004
Fire Chief;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p52
Trade Publication
The article highlights the importance of specialized training in handling chemical warfare incidents, thereby suggesting the inadequacy of existing emergency response measures. Most response protocols for unconventional incidents are based on assumptions that are not necessarily accurate. Much that is handed down as fact is based only on supposition or best practices from small scale hazmat and limited mass-casualty incidents. And training for these incidents, billed as exercises or experiments, is closely choreographed and marginally thought out. The staged practices for weapons of mass destruction events are designed specifically outcomes, regardless of their true functionality.


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