CBRN and Hazmat Incidents at Major Public Events: Planning and Response

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Wiley, Nov 28, 2012 - Political Science - 448 pages
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Sets forth what to do and what not to do to keep people and property safe

Based on the author's more than two decades of managing core facets of emergency planning and response, this book enables readers to minimize the possibility of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) disaster or a hazardous material (hazmat) incident at public events. Moreover, it sets forth the tools needed to quickly respond to an incident in order to avoid or minimize casualties and damages. With its comprehensive approach, the book equips readers to plan for and manage a multi-disciplinary safety and emergency response team, including police, security, medical, military, and fire and civil protection personnel.

CBRN and Hazmat Incidents at Major Public Events examines all aspects of security planning and emergency response, including:

  • General planning and preparedness procedures such as initial considerations, response network development, and training and exercise
  • Planning and preparedness for security and emergency response providers, including medical, fire, police, military, and VIP protection personnel
  • Incident response, including initial response, detection and identification, and law enforcement

Lastly, the author provides fourteen specific public event scenarios, explaining what to do and what not to do for effective emergency planning and response to CBRN and hazmat incidents. These scenarios also set the foundation for preparedness training and exercises.

Throughout the book, sidebars summarize the author's extensive operational and managerial experience, helping readers focus on the core tested and proven strategies and techniques needed to prevent or mitigate the impact of a CBRN or hazmat incident. With its unique focus on CBRN and hazmats, this book is essential reading for all personnel charged with protecting lives and property at large public events.

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The Author of this book is highly regarded for his in depth knowledge of CBRN and HAZMAT protocols. With a wealth of experience to back his book. In my role as a Business Development manager within the CBRN industry, I met with numerous counter terror and CBRN teams; from South Africa to Macedonia (to name a couple)! A constant theme was always on preparedness, and how you can never be truly prepared for all eventualities. This book is the best thing to being "better prepared". I would highly recommend to Emergency and Resilience planning officials as well as CBRN, HAZMAT response teams. It would not surprise me if this book becomes key reading material for emergency and resilience training programmes. 

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I am an emergency physician in Brazil and for over 20 years I have been working on the planning and response to major public events, disasters and CBRN preparedness. I bought this book because it is the first time I see a publication focused on CBRN in major public events. The book is extremely interesting, very well written and actually presents the key elements needed for planning, preparedness and response in a CBRN context for major events. It was written by a leading specialist in the area that presents the subject from different points of view. Rarely we find organizers of large events, even in the area of security, with expertise in CBRN. I recommend this book to all public safety professionals (firefighters, police, civil defense) as well as for physicians, EMS personnel, nurses and all those who are directly or indirectly related to large events, especially the authorities. Congratulations to the author. 

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About the author (2012)

DAN KASZETA is Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute for Non-Proliferation Studies and Managing Director at Strongpoint Security Ltd. He is also a Correspondent for CBRNe World. Mr. Kaszeta's more than twenty-year career has spanned a broad range of core activities in emergency planning and response. A former captain in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, Mr. Kaszeta worked for the White House for twelve years as Disaster Preparedness Adviser for the White House Military Office and as Physical Security Specialist for the U.S. Secret Service.

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