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Tsunami strikes the Solomon Islands

Tsunami strikes the Solomon Islands

In April, the Solomon Islands were hit by an earthquake and resultant tsunami that caused signifi cant damage and loss of life. Izzy Kington examines the response to this double blow

  • Incident
'Friendship' train under attack

'Friendship' train under attack

The night of February 18 was deadly and traumatic. By now, everybody is aware of the powerful bomb blasts on the Samjhauta Express train (also called the ‘Friendship Express’) which led to a blaze and the death of 68 passengers, writes Bharti Arora

  • Incident
Public safety at the Cricket World Cup

Public safety at the Cricket World Cup

The Caribbean region has just hosted the Cricket Council’s Cricket World Cup, the third largest event on the sporting calendar, just behind the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, writes Brigadier General Earl Arthurs of the CDERA

  • Incident
Nightclub exercise tests procedures

Nightclub exercise tests procedures

Held earlier this year, Exercise Vulcan was a field exercise designed to test police medics and firearms officers in a realistic setting. Tom Kinderman explains how this was achieved

  • Exercises
Palestinian Police - strategic and pragmatic development

Palestinian Police - strategic and pragmatic development

Colin Smith, QPM, describes the challenges of policing in conflict - illustrated by an EU mission to train and advise the Palestinian Civil Police - which will be the subject of his keynote presentation at this July's IJOCC 2007

  • Profile
Sea rescue in South Africa

Sea rescue in South Africa

Ian Wienburg, CEO of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in South Africa, has never lived more than 200 metres from the sea and even his recreational interests involve boats and water, he tells Hilary Phillips in this profi le of the Institute, its work and its staff

  • Profile
Driving safety forward

Driving safety forward

England's Highways Agency has undergone a transformation of roles in the last few years, as Keith Blight explains

  • Profile
Survivors and bereaved: preventing tragedy

Survivors and bereaved: preventing tragedy

The cultural mores and psychological needs of victims’ relatives are vital considerations - to ignore them can compound an already tragic situation, says Lina Kolnesikova, who explores the case of the air traffic controller murdered by a bereaved relative

Memphis Airport as a model for disaster response

Memphis Airport as a model for disaster response

James Fielding Smith, Sandra S Waggoner and Gwendolyn Hall look at how Memphis International Airport in the US has worked with local and state emergency management agencies to turn itself into an emergency support function asset for national and international disaster relief

TETRA: cross-border communication

TETRA: cross-border communication

On behalf of Phil Kidner of the TETRA MoU, Hans Borgonjen outlines lessons learned from an initiative in Europe designed to test cross-border interoperability between TETRA networks

Emergency management challenges in Iran

Emergency management challenges in Iran

As a country prone to frequent earthquakes, floods and drought, Iran is a country facing some testing emergency management issues, as Arthur Rabjohn explains

  • Focus
Fact finding in Cyprus

Fact finding in Cyprus

The EU’s Assessment Mission Courses provide participants with practical experience of working together in multi-national teams in a fact-finding exercise - a vital part of any disaster response. Nicolas Hefner reports on a recent course in Cyprus

  • Assessment
European civil protection - responding to disasters

European civil protection - responding to disasters

There is no room for politics in a disaster – we need to act rapidly, effectively and with solidarity, says Mogens Peter Carl, who outlines developments in European civil protection

  • Global
NATO's involvement in civil emergencies

NATO's involvement in civil emergencies

It may be time to tear down some of the institutional divisions that exist between the worlds of international assistance and the military, says Deputy Assistant Secretary General Maurits Jochems in this discussion on rescue and relief issues

  • Global
US response at home and abroad

US response at home and abroad

Initially, it was envisaged that FEMA’s national system of USAR would deal with natural disasters, write Bill Peterson and Dewey Perks. However, it has evolved to encompass terrorism incidents and has been deployed internationally to some of the most devastating disasters

  • Global
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