Firefighting

COUNTERTERRORISM RESPONSE: ONE VIEW

Issue 5 and Volume 156.

BY ANDREW M. TRABANCO Editor’s note: The following scenarios are written about multiple terrorist attacks within a municipality. The opinions are those of the author alone. The intent is to demonstrate that SCBA and bunker gear will provide protection against some chemical agents. It is not meant to replace haz-mat personnel equipped with Level A protection, but such units may not be available at every location during multiple attacks. The most important operation at any haz-mat incident is risk assessment. The incident commander will make the ultimate decision at the site, weighing the benefits vs. risks to firefighters. The primary objective of the following exercises is to train firefighters in the fundamentals and proper procedures for responding to a terrorist attack. The exercises were designed for use as flexible training tools by the chief and company officers. Training can be done with only one company or be used in a…

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