Guidance Documents for Protecting Emergency Responders

Protecting Emergency Responders: Lessons Learned from Terrorist Attacks – Volume 1external icon (2002)
This report is based on firsthand experiences of emergency responders regarding the performance, availability, and appropriateness of their PPE in responding to acts of terrorism. It is intended to:

  • help understand the unique working and safety environment associated with terrorist incidents
  • develop a comprehensive personal protective technology research agenda
  • improve federal education and training programs and activities directed at the health and safety of emergency responders

Protecting Emergency Responders: Community Views of Safety and Health Risks and Personal Protection Needs – Volume 2external icon (2003)
The safety of emergency responders is addressed by the examination of hazards and personal protection needs that members of the emergency responder community regard as being the most importation. The findings are based on in-depth discussions with 190 members of the emergency response community across the nation.

Protecting Emergency Responders: Safety Management in Disaster and Terrorism Response – Volume 3 (2004)
This report provides a comprehensive set of strategies and tactics for enhancing the safety of responders by preparing thoroughly before an event and managing effectively afterwards.

Protecting Emergency Responders: Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines for Structural Collapse Event – Volume 4external icon (2006)
The purpose of this information is to serve as a technical source for incident commander guidelines for broad distribution to the disaster management and emergency responder communities.

Page last reviewed: January 31, 2018