Disaster management has become an increasingly global issue, and victim identification is receiving greater attention. By raising awareness through past events and experiences, practitioners and policymakers can learn what works, what doesn’t work, and how to avoid future mistakes. Disaster Victim Identification: Experience and Practice presents a selection of key historical incidents in the United Kingdom and includes candid discussions of potential areas for improvement in preparedness and future deployment capabilities.
Real disasters and lessons learned
Each chapter in the book addresses a specific disaster and covers a number of main points in relation to the incident. For each event, the book presents data such as the manpower available at the time of the disaster, the number of officers involved in the deployment, and their relevant experience at the time. Details of the disaster follow, as well as the recovery and identification methods employed, the number of fatalities and casualties, and lessons learned. The book also explores the short- and long-term effects that the disaster had on the response team and the community. Finally, each chapter examines important present-day developments in relation to the event. The book summarizes important aspects of the particular disaster in terms of legislative, moral, practical, or other contribution to the field of mass disaster planning, preparation, and deployment on a wider scale.
Viewing disaster management from a global perspective, this volume contains the combined input of academics, forensic specialists, trainers, and law enforcement professionals who focus on actual cases to honestly assess events and provide recommendations for improvement.
Introduction: The DVI Casebook, UK Incidents; Xanthé Mallett, Lucina Hackman, and Sue Black
The Aberfan Colliery Disaster, October 21, 1966; Mark Lynch and Sue Black
The Brighton Hotel Bombing, October 12, 1984; Andrew Buchan
Bradford City Football Stadium Fire, May 11, 1985; Thomas Walsh, Neal Rylatt, and Lucina Hackman
Manchester International Airport Fire: Flight KT28M, August 22, 1985; Suzanne Goodwin, David Wood, and Sue Black
King’s Cross Underground Fire, November 18, 1987; Nick Bracken and Sue Black
Piper Alpha Oil and Gas Platform Disaster, July 6, 1988; Derek Hiley and Sue Black
The Lockerbie Bombing, December 21, 1988; Graeme Galloway and Xanthé Mallett
The Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster, April 15, 1989; David Barron and Xanthé Mallett
The Marchioness Riverboat Disaster, August 20, 1989; Graham Walker and Xanthé Mallett
The Dunblane Primary School Shootings, March 13, 1996; Neil Brown
The Omagh Bombing, Saturday, August 15, 1998; John Middlemiss
Rail Incidents; Graham Walker and Xanthé Mallett
Chinese Lorry Deaths, Dover, June 18, 2000; Steve Griffiths, Steve Corbishley, and David Weller
Operation Lund—Morecambe Bay Cockling Disaster, February 5, 2004; Steve Brunskill and Xanthé Mallett
London Bus and Underground Bombings, July 7, 2005; Graham Walker and Xanthé Mallett
" … a good source of reference material with many good suggestions and ideas … will be a good resource for many different situations requiring a DVI response. It is a comprehensive collection of incidents that serve to illustrate how the UK has developed their DVI program over the years and the lessons they have learned, which may assist another country in avoiding some of the mistakes that have been made in the past, in order to better serve the future."
—Jennifer Barnes, Cpl., Forensic Identification Specialist, RCMP Red Deer Forensic Identification Section, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, in Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal