What are the major differences (in terms of how the response may differ and some of the challenges that first responders will face) between a traditional hazard such as the 2007 California Wildfires and the terrorist-related hazards associated with the Aum Shinrikyo Sarin Gas attack on the Tokyo Subway that occurred in March of 1995?
The major differences between these two come in the nature of the threats that first responders need to worry about and the degree of understanding that they are likely to have of the situation they are entering.
When first responders respond to a natural disaster such as a fire, an earthquake, or a storm, they are fairly certain of what they will be facing. They may not know the exact details, such as exactly how big the fire is, but they will know the...
(The entire section contains 244 words.)
check Approved by eNotes Editorial