Firefighter Training, Hazmat, Technical Rescue

FEMA And USFA Announce Availability Of New Job Aid For First Responders

Emmitsburg, MD – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today the availability of the new Emergency Response to Terrorism Job Aid to assist emergency response personnel in identifying a possible terrorist/WMD incident and implementing initial response and recovery actions. The document includes both tactical and strategic issues to assist all first responders, including line personnel, unit officers and initial incident commanders.

“President Bush, Secretary Ridge and I are committed to getting these important materials into the field where first responders are directly serving their communities,” said Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “We’re making this response tool available to all first responders because they are on the front lines every day, responding to all incidents, whether natural disaster or man-made emergency.”

The Emergency Response to Terrorism is not a training manual. It is expected and assumed that personnel using these materials already have the appropriate training and experience to address the identified tactics. The Emergency Response to Terrorism Job Aid should serve as a reminder for those who already have completed the appropriate level of tactical and strategic training, such as the Emergency Response to Terrorism courses developed by the USFA for classroom and self-study.

“Terrorist/WMD incidents are complex by nature and rarely, if ever, handled by a single first responding unit or agency,” said U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison. “We know long before state and federal resources respond and arrive at the scene of a complex emergency, it will be the men and women of local first response agencies who will be first called, and first to respond. This tool is intended to be used at an incident by all personnel, who will ultimately report their findings to the Incident Commander.”

For a complete copy of the Emergency Response to Terrorism for download go to