Preparing the Fire Service for Terrorism

Osama Bin Laden is dead and the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is this month. The death of Bin Laden will not end the terrorist threat, and in the short term may actually increase it. The frontline duties at home in the war on terrorism are still one of the...


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3. Most fire departments have not made the response pattern changes needed for routine to crisis-type conditions found in terrorist events.

4. To create counterterrorist response patterns both the threats and the risks presented by terrorist tactics and weapons must be understood by a department.

5. A risk-assessment process that examines a department’s critical assets and identifies the threats and risks in ranked order is the first step in developing counterterrorism responses and security.