Are most Vol FD's trained for Terrorism?
i work with a MS. Vol. Fire Dept, and we train, train, train and train, on structual, Wildland, and Vehicle Firefighting, as well as EMS, Auto Extrication, R.I.T., Emergency Driving, Confined Space, Search and Rescue, yet we have not been trained in any Terrorism training. is it worth a Vol. Fire Dept training for this? or not?
Why send people for terrorism training, let 'em come to you!
If any department chief's are reading this, believe me, you have an unbiased ally out there that would be willing to give you limited training in terrorism-related threats, your state public health lab. In the last 4 years, every state has started programs covering the most worrysome of terrorist threat preparedness, both chemical and biological. If you just call your state public health lab and ask for the terrorism preparedness coordinator, I GUARANTEE that lab will be willing to send one or two people out TO YOUR DEPARTMENT to give you a quick overview of what may or may not be out there to worry about. The state labs that are not going to your annual State Hazmat meetings don't have an idea how to reach out to you. Some states have problems with their employees going to other states, but ours does not. You just have to ask.