This class will be at Firehouse World 2011 -- March 1 in San Diego. Led by Richard J. Blatus, Battalion Chief, FDNY, and Tom Richardson, Battalion Chief, FDNY, it will present how the opportunity for firefighters to act as “first preventers” in the war on terrorism is unmatched by any other emergency response agency. This, coupled with the warrantless search provisions afforded firefighters by the Constitution, makes firefighters the logical choice for training and inclusion into an expanded terrorism awareness initiative. Expansion of the intelligence-gathering capabilities of first responders, specifically firefighters, will not be without difficulty. The lack of training and educational opportunities afforded firefighters in this area, the changes in firefighting culture, the status of firefighters as an integral part of the community, are all obstacles that must be addressed. Complete details at