Terrorism....yet another thing thrown at the fire service. Here in Toledo, Ohio we are training all Haz-Mat team members in terrorism response. Our county just recieved a grant from the Federal Gov't for terrorism response. In our county meeting it was agreed that communications by all county FD's was a problem, so with the grant money they bought all 26 FD's in our county 800 mhz. portable radio's. The Toledo FD Haz-Mat Unit will be the county Terrorism response unit. Through the grant money alot of equipment (metering devices, Decon Tents and other equip.) was purchased as well as money for training. We are in the process of training all members on the equipment and Terrorism awarness training. Just the other day we had an Anthrax scare at an abortion clinic, this was the second one this year. So yes Terrorism is real here in the U.S, and were trying to be prepared.
Toledo,Ohio Fire/Rescue Dept.
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01-10-2000, 09:39 AM #21Ronald KayFirehouse.com Guest
01-21-2000, 04:13 PM #22FM-84Firehouse.com Guest
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office sends all Bomb Technicians to WMD training. WMD training is now required by the Hazardous Devices School.
01-31-2000, 09:36 AM #23FireThumper55Firehouse.com Guest
I don't have a whole lot to offer on this matter, however, almost everyone on our department has been in the military, including myself, and we ( those of us that were in the military) have all done our basic NBC attack training and preparedness in bootcamp, and most of us still remember it, one of the things our department has been doing to keep up is purchasing items from the Army, some of the items we have been purchasing alot of are packets of M8 and M9 Detector paper to identify chemical hazards, IE gasses, liquids, and the such, also, our department has invested in purchasing from the Army, a set of current issue MOPP ( Mission Oriented Poisonus Protection) suits for each fire fighter, and the current issue M17 NBC gas masks, also, we have in our terrorism supply closet, one Kevlar® bullet proof / fragmentation vest for every firefighter
02-01-2000, 02:38 PM #24dousaemsFirehouse.com Guest
Interesting aspect of dealing with the threat. Military training is what most of the national programs are based on anyway. And since we really shouldn't be in the HOT zone for any length of time, MOPP is a pretty good option. But OSHA would go nuts since it is not fully encapsulated. We in the field have learned to do what we have to though.
M8 and M9 are only good for liquids I thought. I will assume that you have a few Haz-mat "techs" in your department; are they the ones who will go in? And what is your plan for decon? Obviously, that is required if we plan on going in.
I have heard of some departments utilizing Army surplus TAP level gear, which are pretty good too. The military is an excellent asset to tap for gear regarding this issue. We should really use it more.
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02-26-2000, 07:22 PM #25PolarbearFirehouse.com Guest
Abouty 2 years ago I took a Terrorism Awareness course given by the county through the state outreach program. At this time, our county HazMat team (in which I am a prt of) is currently undergoing training in Terrorism. We are currently being schooled in a FEMA course on Terrorism Concepts. Word is we will be undergoing a technician level school in the months to come.
Robert T. Schorr FF/EMT/HMT
Northpole Fire Co (Watertown,Jefferson Co, NY)
03-17-2000, 07:10 PM #26LUECKEFirehouse.com Guest
For those going to the Oklahoma City National Memorial services in April, here is some additional information about a terrorism conference to be held there April 17-19:
The causes and effects of terrorism will be the first international conference of its kind in the new millennium sponsored by the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism and the Rand Corporation.
Representatives from the academic community, the FBI and Scotland Yard will gather in Oklahoma City April 17-19. The symposium begins a week long of Dedication activities for the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
The goal of the three-day conference will assess developments in terrorism over the past two decades, map future directions and make policy recommendations for prevention and consequence management.
“Twenty years ago, the Rand Corporation took the lead in studying terrorism with their sponsorship of an international conference in 1980,” said Don Ferrell, who serves as the Chairman of the Institute. “We hope to attract many of the representatives who participated in Rand’s first effort, twenty years ago. We ask them to join us as we reflect on past experiences and expand our study. Through this effort, we hope to help those who teach about the political and social ramifications of terrorist acts, as well as those in government and the private sector who must deal with security issues and consequence management on a day to day basis.”
Ambassador Prudence Bushnell of Guatemala will be the keynote speaker for the closing luncheon on April 19. Bushnell was the Ambassador to Kenya at the time of the bombing of its Nairobi, Kenya Embassy.
Seating is limited and advance reservations are recommended. The symposium will be held in the Myriad Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, just a few blocks from the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Registration information is available from the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism by calling (405) 232-5121 or register on line at [urlhttp://www.okcterrorisminstitute.com[/url]
The Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism is the third component of the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The symbolic Memorial will be dedicated on April 19, 2000 and the Memorial Center museum will open in November later this year.
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04-02-2000, 04:10 PM #27Neen5029Firehouse.com Guest
I have to agree that the need for WMD training is there... I was lucky enough to participate with my HazMat team at an exercise this past September that involved everyone from our local authorities, right on up to the federal guys. It was definately a unique experience and it helped us to understand how things work as they progress through the chain from local to state and so on... if anyone knows of any good trainings coming up PLEASE let me know!!
Lebanon County PA HazMat Team
04-02-2000, 07:38 PM #28dmedicFirehouse.com Guest
I don't know what's available in your area, but several DMAT teams around the country also have a branch called NMRT-WMD. They are set for mass-decon and treatment of NBC terrorist acts. As someone said earlier, they have about a four hour deployment time.I can give you Colorado's NMRT web site. It has some good links you might be able to use. http://home.rmi.net/~javaman/index.htm I know that's a long web address, but it might be worth the typing for you if you can get any useful info.
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