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All-Risk Response: A Qualitative Study of the Capacity of the Wildland Fire Service

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This article was prompted by the 2003 space shuttle Columbia disaster response. Twenty-one type 1 and 2 Incident Management Teams (IMT) performed a central role in the operation by directing a ground search of 680,000 ac. This article draws on the broad experiences of the IMTs that participated in the Columbia shuttle recovery to inform the future of all-risk incident management. It reports the findings of a systematic analysis of the perspectives of senior IMT members on the question: What is the capacity of the wildland IMTs to direct major all-risk responses?

Keywords: all-risk incidents; homeland security; incident management; response capacity; space shuttle

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-04-01

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