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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Ron Ayotte
“FEAR” by Ric Jorge
Ric, excellent article. Your FD is not the only one that suffers from TAS (Training Anxiety Syndrome). Same circus, different community. As far as seeking help from an EAP, I did take advantage of my community's EAP 8 years into my career. I was heading down the road to a separation/divorce after I got promoted…
2014-12-04 16:04:47
Mike McAdams
Who Looks After The Victims?
Captain LeBlanc, Great point in the blog debating the new and old techniques and how to blend them into that first minutes on the fire ground. One of the first points stated was “Unless they know your manpower, resources and abilities, and are standing in that front lawn at 2:00 a.m., all they can do…
2014-12-02 14:45:23
Ruel Douvillier
Who Looks After The Victims?
I suspect these new tactics are all related to the NFPA standard that came out a few years ago recommending higher manpower on apparatus than the authorities having jurisdiction were prepared to implement. For the 30+ years that I've been fighting fires, UL and NIST have been using the data that they gained by setting…
2014-12-02 11:48:44
Joseph carroll
Who Looks After The Victims?
I work in a dept with 2 man Engine cos, man powers is an issue with our first due assignment. (3 engs,2 Trks , Batt Chief). Usually 13 Firefighters on the assignment. At times the exterior attack has no option, heavy fire too include exposures etc. some new leaders feel that this exterior attack is…
2014-12-01 19:05:51
Brian
Who Looks After The Victims?
Am I missing the old SSLEEVES-OCD pneumonic??? seems that one. It addressed alot of the things we have to think of, and the new Slicers is something that I think in right circumstances and construction would make sense, but at other times might be completely useless. I have watched and read alot of the NIST…
2014-12-01 02:10:06
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