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Civil disturbance: an unconventional crisis

Civil disturbance: an unconventional crisis

There have been signs of discontent in urban areas in both the UK and France this year, and the emergency services are in the front line (see following pages). Just before CRJ went to press these rumblings erupted into full blown violence in France. Patrick Lagadec comments on the recent riots

  • Incident
Night of violence in Perpignan

Night of violence in Perpignan

This May saw an unexpected outbreak of riots in the French town of Perpignan, after clashes between two communities exploded into violence, writes Captain Francis Mateu. Was this a warning of things to come?

  • Incident
Community engagement

Community engagement

In September, violence and disorder broke out in Northern Ireland, with emergency services and the military coming under attack. Assistant Chief Peter Craig looks at initiatives for engaging the community and protecting personnel from such attacks, a topic that will be addressed at the IJOCC 2006 event in January

  • Incident
Quake lays waste to South Asia

Quake lays waste to South Asia

In the first of many articles to be published over coming issues of CRJ, we provide basic information on the devastating earthquake that struck Pakistan, India and Afghanistan in October. Here, John Holland of RAPID-UK give us a detailed account of rescues in two collapsed tower blocks in Islamabad

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was arguably the worst natural disaster ever to hit America. Despite not being the strongest hurricane that had ever been recorded, the damage that it wreaked upon the Gulf of Mexico and the vulnerable structure of New Orleans will take years for the country to recover from, writes Anya Hastwell

Coast Guard and environment

Coast Guard and environment

All rescue agencies were in co-operation for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort including the US Coast Guard, which played a vital role in search and rescue operations and the ensuing environmental clean-up operations, reports Anya Hastwell

Eye on a hurricane

Eye on a hurricane

Most of the international media attention focused on events in New Orleans but, of course, a massive area of the US was left devastated in the wake of the hurricanes. Kirk Rosenhan looks at Fire Service response on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Flood rescue craft

Flood rescue craft

In many countries, Fire and Rescue services are using boats unsuitable for safety or workboat use. Cliff Shorter and Seb Freeman look at how a water standards study in the UK aims to improve safety for responders on water

Ethics for media commentators

Ethics for media commentators

Rolling news programmes make extensive use of experts who are asked to comment upon news of a major event as information flows into the studio. This is a daunting responsbility, say Mike Granatt and Patrick Lagadec, who propose an ethical code to help protect live commentators, broadcasters, and the audience

  • Media Studies
The future of UK emergency response

The future of UK emergency response

Bruce Mann, head of the Britain’s Civil Contingencies Secretariat, looks at the British government’s future vision for UK civil security

  • Civil Protection
Australian counter-terrorism

Australian counter-terrorism

Terrorism threatens all of us and no country is immune from the threat, writes Ed Tyrie. Despite its geographical isolation, Australia is acutely aware of the terrible impact of terrorism and has developed its response to the changing national security environment

  • Civil Protection
Alerting a community

Alerting a community

The town of Belmont has set up the equivalent of a modern day town crier to warn its citizens of danger, writes Leo J Saidnaway