Firefighter Training


Issue 3 and Volume 151.

TERRORISM: THE LATEST RESPONDER CHALLENGE BY MARY JANE DITTMAR A word once associated with “the outside world,” terrorism has blasted its way into our country and the American psyche. It has breached our sense of security and exposed our vulnerability, forcing the Federal Government and the country`s emergency services to take a long, hard look at what would happen if an act of terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were to occur in Anytown, USA. Such weapons would include biological, nuclear, incendiary, chemical, and explosives (sometimes referred to as “BNICE”). The fact is that no city or village–no matter how remote or small–is exempt from a terrorist event. “The violence of terrorism has come home to the United States. Once the incidental unfortunate occurrence in some foreign land, today it is a major preoccupation of Americans,” observes Norman Glover, chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Working Group…

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