Paper ESF 13

1264 Words Mar 7th, 2015 6 Pages
ESF #13
Origin of ESF-13
The NRF provides for 15 “emergency support functions” (ESFs), including Emergency Support Function-13 (ESF-13), which covers public safety and security. The ESF-13 from FEMA details support services related to Public Safety and Security. The primary agency in control of ESF #13 is the Department of Justice/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The ATF’s efforts are to support the full range of incident management activities by coordinating and integrating public safety and security capabilities and resources. The Department of Justice designated the ATF to manage/coordinate the functions of ESF-13. As part of the National Response Plan, ESF-13 involves the coordination of federal law enforcement
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Additionally, by direct or leveraged emergency funding support, specialized equipment loans, emergency support services, emergency technical assistance on local law enforcement policy and practices, and technical services related to information sharing and technology applications. The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) may provide available manpower such as deputies, support personnel, medics, explosive detector canine teams, and technical operations support.
Operational Response to a Critical Incident of Federal Interest The ATF’s Special Operations Division and ESF-13 National Coordination Center at Headquarters coordinate requests from FEMA HQs and the Joint Field Office (JFO) when activated. At the activation of ESF-13 during the occurrence of a national emergency, the ATF will deploy within about six hours to the affected area when notified. Partnering with State law enforcement once on scene, the ATF will evaluate the situation as it relates to public safety. Performing as a clearing house, the ATF matches Federal law enforcement’s available resources with the requesting jurisdictions needs. The ATF works to ensure the deployment of those resources are quickly done. The administrative and operational controls of the ESF-13

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