Assignment 2: Interagency Communication

On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered multiple terrorist attacks carried out using airplanes as manned missiles. At the local level, first responders consisted of firefighters, the police, and the EMS from the immediate area, and assistance poured in from outlying agencies, which included federal response teams, such as the FBI and the FAA.

Multiagency participation is an essential component of incident response. Considering a major event like the terrorist attacks of 9/11, one must understand the importance of interagency communication during response and recovery phases. The FEMA recommends against the use of 10-codes during interagency communication.

For this assignment, review the FEMA recommendations at the following links:

Submission Details:

In a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your responses to the following:

  • Why has the FEMA recommended not using 10-codes (e.g., 10–4 for Yes) during multiagency participation? Provide examples supporting your position.
  • What system should be used in place of 10-codes?
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