The National Incident Management System

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Abstract With each disaster or incident, interoperability is continuously being seen as an issue amongst first responders. During event of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, few changes were made to ensure the adequacy of interoperable communications amongst first responders. The September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centers presented the inadequacies that had not been acknowledged in other incidents. This paper will give readers a synopsis of the events that took place of the day of September 11th. Readers will also gain an understanding as to exactly what interoperability and what interoperable communications are. This paper will also explore research conducted by government officials as well as others that investigate events…show more content…
As responders prepared to take on the task of the North tower, the South tower was hit moments later. This cataclysmic event would forever change the world. This paper will explain an overview perspective of the September 11th attacks, as well as examine the response of local emergency personnel to this incident. I will discuss the lack of coordination amongst emergency personnel, and also analyze the connection between this event and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This paper will also reveal the challenges faced due to interoperability and the ways in which improvements were made and improvements many believe still need to be made. What is interoperability? Interoperability plays a very vital role in the event of a terrorist attack or a natural disaster. To gain a better understanding, one must understand what interoperability is. Interoperability is described as the ability to convey information from one agency to the next as efficiently and effectively as possible. This information is then used to ensure emergency personnel respond to an incident as adequately as possible ( Walsh, Christen Jr., Lord, & Miller, 2010, p. 124). First responders as well as individuals working in law enforcement, fire fighters, and other emergency personnel, often face a very critical issue, not being capable to communicate to one another effectively at the scene of an emergency. This issue is
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