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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