CFD FIREFIGHTERS READY TO RESPOND TO SUICIDE/TERRORIST BOMB THREATS
Recently, five firefighters from the City of Clinton Fire Department travelled to Socorro, New Mexico to participate in training sponsored by The Department of Homeland Security. Captain Darrick Duggar, Lieutenant Bradley Allen, and Firefighters Jeremy Bray, Alan Harris, and Bradley Bittinger attended the Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents course offered by New Mexico Tech University and EMRTC (Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center). First Responders from all over the United States attended the week-long training. This course consisted of 36.5 hours of in-depth training (classroom and field laboratories) to provide the knowledge and skill for developing policies, procedures, training and operational capabilities to deter, prevent, interdict, respond to, and mitigate the effects of a suicide/terrorist bombing. The field laboratories showed several scenarios including homemade explosives, and carried, worn, and vehicle-borne IED’s.
All five Clinton Fire Department members who attended the training passed the final exam and now have the ability to train the “Awareness” level of PRSBI to the rest of the department, as well as surrounding agencies. The challenges facing the emergency responder community are evolving rapidly in today's security aware climate. This course has provided the members of the Clinton Fire Department with adequate information and skills to help them effectively respond to events involving explosives and provide a better service to the citizens of Clinton
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Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center
(Clinton firefighters completed this training)