Case Study of the Baltimore Tunnel Fire of 2001

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Case Study of the Baltimore Tunnel Fire of 2001

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Running head: BALTIMORE TUNNEL FIRE OF 2001Case Study of the Baltimore Tunnel Fire of 2001Students NameInstitution of LearningBALTIMORE TUNNEL FIRE OF 20012Question (a)Disaster and emergency preparedness are critical in mitigating or averting fatalconsequences of natural disaster, terrorist attack or an accident. Response to the BaltimoreTunnel fire of 2001 was a great success. It provides the country with great lessons that can helpimprove its preparedness for similar disasters in the future. Fire accidents cause serious injuriesto civilians and destroy properties. Also, they are a possible danger to the environment as theycause air pollution and destroy the ecosystem around the affected area.The Baltimore tunnel fire was caused by a train that was carrying hazardous materials,which include hydrochloric acid, glacial acetic acid, hydrofluoric acid, propylene glycol,trypropylene and ethyl hexyl phthalate. Some of these materials are highly corrosive while othersare combustible. The presence of these materials and the location of the train made the effort tocontain the fire harder. Nevertheless, the interagency cooperation led to the incidents success.Communication and coordination of the resources were other factors that resulted in the successof the event. The agencies provided supplies, logistics, expertise, and equipment that controlledthe fire and reduced damage to the property and the environment. Also, there was limiteddamage to the welfa

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