September Training Prompt,Cut the blue wire – No! the red wire!

You can respond to the questions provided, use the subject as the topic for an informal drill or challenge yourself to see if you know what you and your department would do.

All kidding aside, the fire service you are in now isn’t your father’s fire service. Chances are likely that if your department doesn’t handle mitigating suspicious devices, one of your mutual aid departments or other neighboring public safety agency does. Likewise, if you don’t have to be responsible for defusing such devices you should be able to handle evacuations, work within the larger incident command structure and cleanup the mess if things go bad.


Authorities look at a screen that shows a live feed from a robot of James J. Lee, face up on the floor, inside the Discovery Channel network building where police shot and killed the gunman in Silver Spring, Md., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. Police shot and killed Lee, 43, who was upset with the Discovery Channel network’s programming who took two employees and a security officer hostage at the company’s headquarters Wednesday, officials said. All three hostages escaped safely.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Does your department have SOPs/SOGs for dealing with suspicious devices?

What are you – as a company level officer – supposed to do if you find yourself face to face with what may be a suspicious device? What are you not supposed to do?

In the case of police matters, such as a standoff or hostage situation, where a explosive device is suspect, what is your department’s part in the greater chain of command?

How often does your department train on identifying suspicious devices?

You may think such a topic only applies to the urban or large county departments, but keep this in mind; September 11th was a one-time event. Prior to that and afterward we have always, and will continue to, faced domestic terrorism as well as sophisticated criminals.





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Jeff chandler
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Very good explanation! I have been known to have the same rant.
2015-01-17 03:58:59
Anthony Correia
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Dave i agree with your whole post. However the one thing I'm not experiencing or seeing is the over safetyifcation. While i hear words spoke about being safe when possible, but not sacrificing service for safety. If anything, i see firefighters more aggressive than when i started many years back due to the increased protection…
2015-01-14 14:37:28
Jon Newton
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Well done. You make some awesome points. In regards to the "numbers".....(and kind of backing up your thought of changing tactics), we have often wondered why there is so much emphasis on RIT and the RIT/Industrial complex. I'm on Chicago and have worked in the Chicago Suburbs for almost 20 years. We've seen the advent…
2015-01-14 04:15:23
Marshall Sampietro
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spot on....
2015-01-02 14:43:50
Ron Ayotte
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“Over safetyification”... Dave, that is the best description of what those who want to prevent us from doing the job want to do to the job.
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