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April 3, 2002
Report Offers Guidance and Recommendations on Safety of Emergency Responders in Terrorist Events
Many emergency response workers do not believe that they are adequately prepared to
respond to a major disaster such as the World Trade Center Attack or the anthrax scare, according to a new report of worker input
funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
The report shows a need for research, training and other strategic approaches to
help protect emergency responders in terrorist attacks. The recommendations are based on the
lessons learned from the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last September and on the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
The report, released by Rand, summarizes discussions from a two-day workshop held
in December 2001 in New York City. The workshop convened more than 150 participants, including fire
fighters, fire fighting special operations, emergency medical services, law enforcement, construction and other trade services, and health and
safety professionals, including state and federal agencies.
The report also highlights the need for a research agenda that outlines
comprehensive personal protective technology, and improved federal education and training programs and other activities pertaining to the health
and safety of emergency responders in rescue, recovery, and restoration efforts.
According to the recommendations included in the report, important areas for research and planning
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