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Emergency Management and Tactical Response Operations Bridging the Gap

ISBN-10: 0750687126

ISBN-13: 9780750687126

Edition: 2008

Authors: Thomas D. Phelan

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Is emergency management education undoing an age-old tradition in the American Fire Service? Has the time arrived to educate emergency managers in college classrooms rather than in twenty years of tactical operations experience? Over one hundred forty-three (143) institutions of higher education are now offering certificate or degree programs in emergency management with no tactical operations experience required for admission. Resistance by veteran law enforcement officers and fire fighters may have to be overcome if we are to prepare emergency managers with required skill sets. Dr. Tom Phelan explores the skills being taught to emergency management students and addresses the concerns of experienced first responders in accepting their leadership. *Discusses the value of emergency management education in the post-9/11 world *Makes clear the need for educating emergency managers to prepare them for emergency manager leadership *Helps bridge the gap between emergency management and first responders *Should be required reading in every college emergency management curriculum *The book is clear, concise, and an "easy read"
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Book details

List price: $72.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
There Never Used to Be a Gap
Introduction
Traditional Career Paths to Emergency Manager
Changing Demands on Emergency Managers
Declining Membership in Volunteer Emergency Response Units
The Influence of Business and Industry in Emergency Management
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
Tactical Operations vs. Management Skills
Introduction
Skill Sets for Tactical Operations
Skill Sets for Emergency Management
Acquisition of Skill Sets
Training vs. Education
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
The Demands of Managing According to the Incident Command System (ICS)
Introduction
ICS Command Staff
The Role of the Operations Section Chief
How the Operations Section Chief is Supported by Command Staff
Role Clarification and Skill Sets for Command Staff
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
The Incident Commander: A Chief or a Manager?
Introduction
Traditional Roles for the Chief
The Shift from Tactical Response Operations to Management
Management Roles of the Incident Commander
Experience, Education, and Training: How They Contribute to Competency
Management by Objectives
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
What Colleges Have to Offer
Introduction
The Growth of Emergency Management College Programs
Curriculum for Emergency Management
Prerequisite Skills and Practice
Education vs. Training
Research
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
The Career Path in Emergency Management
Introduction
Entry-Level Positions
Gaining Experience as a Volunteer
Local, State, Regional, and National Positions
Career Development Skills for Emergency Managers
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
Case Study: Ground Zero
Introduction
Tactical Operations
Emergency Management
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
Case Study: The Tsunami Response in Sri Lanka
Introduction
Tactical Operations
Emergency Management
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
Case Study: Private and Public Perspectives from Katrina
Introduction
Tactical Operations
Emergency Management
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
The "Manager" In Emergency Management
Introduction
Management by Objectives
Command and Control
The Role of "Manager" in the Case Studies
How Crisis and Emergency Management Expertise Aid General Managers
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
Resistance
Introduction
The Growing Gap between First Responders and Emergency Managers
Overcoming Resistance to College Preparation for Emergency Managers
What Research and Study Have to Offer Tactical Operations
Understanding the Different Requirements of Emergency Management and Tactical Response Operations
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
Working Together
Introduction
Partnering between College Programs and Community First Response Organizations
The Administrative Chief Model
The Role of Emergency Management on Scene
The Best of Both Worlds for the Safety of the Nation
Lessons Learned
Summary
Discussion Questions
References
Appendix
Index