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Stephen M. Maurer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012980

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012980.001.0001

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The Fire Next Time: Managing Large Urban Fires

The Fire Next Time: Managing Large Urban Fires

(p.287) 10 The Fire Next Time: Managing Large Urban Fires
WMD Terrorism

Stephen M. Maurer

Jason C. Christopher

Michael Thompson

The MIT Press

This chapter describes methods for fighting large urban fires resulting from a terrorist nuclear attack and the prospects for implementing them. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 10.1 begins by describing the main characteristics of large urban fires using historical experience from Germany and Japan. Section 10.2 examines the methods developed to fight these fires. Section 10.3 looks at how recent advances in understanding and predicting fires could potentially extend firefighters’ capabilities. Section 10.4 explores the high-technology tools that would be needed to make this vision a reality. Section 10.5 examines the organizational challenges of implementing this vision.

Keywords:   nuclear weapons, terrorist attack, urban fires, firefighting, civil defense

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