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Success of the increased focus on anti-terrorism may be reflected in the decreased number of terrorism convictions since 1998, when there were 37 convictions. There are fewer terrorist convictions because there are fewer acts of terrorism going beyond the planning stage, thanks to successful efforts by the FBI and other federal agencies.
Terrorism-Related Internet Resources
- Anthrax/Defense Department information site - www.anthrax.osd.mil
- FEMA - www.fema.gov/
- DOJ/OSLDPS training courses - www.ojp.usdoj.gov/osldps/training.htm
- Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism - www.okcterrorisminstitute.com/2000poster1.htm
- Public Health Training Network/CDC - www.cdc.gov/phtn/
- USAMRIID Training List - www.usamriid.army.mil/education/index.html
- "Hospital Procedures for a WMD Event" (Journal of the American Medical Association article) - http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v283n2/full/jsc90100.html
- National Response Center, chemical/hazmat spills - www.nrc.uscg.mil/index.html
Robert Burke, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is the fire marshal for the University of Maryland. He is a certified Hazardous Materials Specialist, and has served on state and county hazmat response teams. Burke is a veteran of over 18 years in the fire service, in career and volunteer fire departments, having attained the ranks of lieutenant and assistant chief, and served as deputy state fire marshal. He has an associate's degree in fire protection technology and a bachelor's degree in fire science, and is pursuing a master's degree in public administration. Burke is an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy. He is the author of the books Hazardous Materials Chemistry For Emergency Responders, published in 1997, and Counter-Terrorism For Emergency Responders, published in 1999. Burke can be reached on the Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.