The New York City Urban Search and Rescue Team (NY-TF1): A Case Study of Interagency Effectiveness

Terrorists seek to divide first-responder efforts at a complex terror event, and despite improvements in emergency management, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and New York City Police Department (NYPD) are still separate operational entities. Evidence from the Mumbai attacks in 2008 and the relief effort in Haiti indicates that an optimal response requires an unprecedented level of first-responder cooperation and coordination. Joseph Duggan discusses his thesis about future interagency meshing and improving patterns of communication, decision-making and information sharing, specifically in regards to FDNY and NYPD, but with broader application to various first responder agencies all around the country.

The full pdf of this thesis is available in the Homeland Security Digital Library at

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