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Design of protocol for personal protection of first responders during incidents Background and justification

Ontwerp protocol bescherming hulpverleners bij incidenten Achtergronddocument en verantwoording

Synopsis

After two major fires in the cities of Enschede and Volendam in the Netherlands in 2000 and 2002, respectively, a plan was devised tot cope with disasters and/or major accidents. The objective of one of the actions in the plan, Action 78, was to cover precautions and measures to protect first responders during the phase of repression of a disaster or major accident. These precautions and measures are regulated by the Dutch WRZO Act (legislation on disasters and major accidents). The report, commissioned by the state secretaries of four ministries will be presented to the task force preparing the protocol: 'Slagen voor Veiligheid' (Success in safety). After evaluation of the report by the task force, the protocol will go into the implementation phase, being reviewed from different perspectives than only from first responders. Besides presenting the protocol, the report documents background information, and indicates choices and scenarios for use in the different steps of such a protocol.
 

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