Emergency Management and Tactical Response Operations

Emergency Management and Tactical Response Operations

Bridging the Gap

1st Edition - May 22, 2008

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  • Author: Thomas Phelan
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080878607
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750687126

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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.

Key Features

*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"


College and University Emergency Management professors and students
Emergency managers
FEMA, State EMO Employees

Table of Contents

  • There Never Used to Be a Gap; Tactical Operations vs. Management Skills; The Demands of Managing According to the Incident Management System; The Incident Commander: A Chief or a Manager?; What Colleges Have to Offer; The Career Path in Emergency Management; Case Study: Ground Zero; Case Study: The Tsunami Response in Sri Lanka; Case Study: Private and Public Perspectives from Katrina; The "Manager" in Emergency Management; Resistance; Working Together

Product details

  • No. of pages: 312
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2008
  • Published: May 22, 2008
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080878607
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750687126

About the Author

Thomas Phelan

Affiliations and Expertise

President of Strategic Teaching Associates, Liverpool, NY, USA

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