IntroductionGeneral IntroductionThe act of terrorism is not limited to a certain weapon as anything that can inflict harm has the potential to be used by the terrorist (Windisch and Crosby 2007, p. 111). Terrorism presents new challenges for the fire and rescue service as fire fighters need to learn new task as they perform their usual work. Integration of terrorism skills is undoubtedly essential and required since terrorism knows no boundaries and can happen anytime. The service must seriously consider upgrading their skills and develop new strategies while maintaining high degree of efficiency.
This is because acquiring terrorism fighting skills will make the fire and rescue service updated and relevant to new risk and expanding scope of risk management. The following sections discusses the issues involved in terrorism response such as the need for multi-skilled fire and rescue service, integration of terrorism alert skills, and issues in skills upgrading. Thesis StatementTerrorism skills integration can benefit the fire and rescue services and the public they serve. Aims and ObjectivesThe primary of aim of this thesis is to determine the issues involve in integrating terrorism skills to the fire and rescue service. Determine the benefit of having a multi-skilled fire and rescue serviceAcquire knowledge about terrorism alert skills and its effect on existing core competencies of the fire and rescue service. Integrating Terrorism Skills to the Fire and Rescue ServiceThe need for Multi-Skilled Fire and Rescue ServiceIn the United Kingdom, the fire and rescue service has been doing their job well as evidenced by increased fire safety consciousness among the public and considerable reduction of fire occurrences since 1995 (Pinnington et al.
2007, p. 214). Today, in addition to their traditional role, the Fire and Rescue Service have the responsibility to respond to terrorist act including chemical and biological attacks (Keyes et al.
2005, p. 250). In 2004, for instance, the Home Office developed a framework specifically intended for emergency services and these include chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear response (National Audit Office 2008, p. 21). Moreover, this national framework that has been sets out by the UK government contained specific targets and objectives for the Fire and Rescue to attain. It is some form of strategic plan that would support the government’s broad agenda that include development of an effective institution that can adopt and manage the growing threat of terrorism (British Retail Consortium 2006, p. 58). In view of the reality that traditional Fire and Rescue Services are not properly equipped for newer and sophisticated threats, the government recognizes the need to enhance the capacity of the service and be able to respond rapidly and efficiently to terrorism and other major incidents (Public Accounts Committee 2009, p. 7).
These include procuring modern equipments such as new detection, identification, and monitoring vehicles, mass contamination facilities, and training for around 10,000 fire fighters (Public Accounts Committee 2009, p. 9).
The Fire and Rescue Service around the country apparently have to alter their philosophies and strategies in order to do their job properly. For instance, their tactics and equipment must be equal or greater than those of the terrorist. They must be more imaginative, motivated, quicker, and ahead of their counterpart.