The purpose of this discussion is to identify the barriers to inter-agency collaboration and ways to examine ways to overcome them.

Refer to the Maynes article from this unit’s studies, “FDNY Incident Management Team Supports New Orleans Fire Department” to answer the following questions.
•Discuss the effect that visiting Incident Management Teams from New York City had on the local first responder community in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
•What were some of the possible barriers to collaboration between the local first responders and the external support teams?
•What are some of the things that emergency management organizations can do to overcome the barriers to collaboration and to nurture inter-agency cooperation?

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