Continuity of Operations Plan: First Responders Analytical Essay by JCowie024

Continuity of Operations Plan: First Responders
A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) or Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for the event that first responders themselves become the emergency.
# 148005 | 2,595 words | 2 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper discusses the importance of a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for emergency services. First responders in a crisis or emergency are vulnerable to the same hazards that threaten the communities that they serve as demonstrated in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The paper presents a plan that identifies the line of succession, re-establishment of leadership and direction, identifies relocation of personnel and emergency equipment, and short and long-term recovery. This plan is applicable to all-hazards threats and continues to provide emergency response operations in the event the first responding agency experiences a loss of facilities or personnel.

Applicability and Scope
Vulnerability Assessment
Essential Functions
Concept of Operations
Activation and Relocation
Activation Process
COOP Activation and Incident Command
Order of Succession
Operations at Alternate Facility
Record and Database Maintenance
Mutual Aid Assistance and Coverage
Alternate Location
Variable and Redundant Capability
Tests, Training and Exercises

From the Paper:

"The continuity of emergency response and availability of responders is of the utmost importance in the event of a crisis or emergency. First responders are as vulnerable to the same hazards that threaten the communities that they serve. The September 11, 2001 attacks demonstrated that vulnerability as a need to strengthen plans and procedures to maintain operations for a wide range of emergencies. This Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) is a significant piece in a system ensuring the First Responders maintain the ability to carry out vital functions of emergency response in time of emergency.
"A Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) in an emergency services setting is the equivalent of a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) for a private business. A COOP is to ensure that a first responder emergency is able to meet the needs of the community they serve in the event the agency itself experiences an emergency or interruption of operations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • NFPA. (2007). NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. Retrieved from:
  • USFA. (2010). Year to Date Summary Statistics (Provisional) On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities in the United States. Retrieved from:

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