Challenges Faced By Fire Service During Disasters

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Fire departments are not only known for putting out fires, they are also known for being a handyman and jack of all trades. Called to respond to various types of emergency incidents, disasters, and a variety of other non-emergent situations. On duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year, they respond to calls day or night, in all types of weather. These highly trained professionals not only put out fires, respond to medical calls, and motor vehicle accidents, they also respond to the little boy who gets his hand stuck in a candy machine at the corner drugstore and rescue cats stuck in trees. These men and women are trained to be prepared and ready at a moment’s notice to save the public from harm. Natural disasters are at the top of the…show more content…
22). Visibility can be reduced to zero as a result of heavy and high winds produced by various natural disasters. In the southwest dry conditions along roadways allow for heavy sandstorms which frequently can reduce visibility up to zero and can cause severe if not fatal accidents on roadways and freeways as a result (Kramer Ph.D., 2009, p. 334). Widespread devastation caused by a natural disaster such as a tornado, can test the availability of emergency services resources and their ability to be effective in a timely manner (Kramer Ph.D., 2009, p. 338). Wind events of any serious nature can take its toll on emergency services. All types of communication are subject to weather events, telephone service and radio communications can be disabled by falling telephone poles and radio antennas (Kramer Ph.D., 2009, p. 338). Responders are just as susceptible to results of severe storms just like the public and must protect themselves against the various threats of the storm there responding in. For example, lightning strikes hit the ground on average of 22 million times a year in chances of being struck by lightning are one in 600,000 (Kramer Ph.D., 2009, p. 330). When flooding is a possibility, it may be necessary for fire department personnel and their apparatus to be evacuated to higher ground in an area of safe refuge until the storm passes (Fire Department and natural disasters, 2008, p. 22). During chaos for many types of natural disasters,
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