Firefighter Training, Hazmat, Technical Rescue

One-day USFA course on terrorism response

On May 9, 2007, the United States Fire Administration will make available a special offering of the Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings — Awareness Level course. This course is designed for technical level firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and other emergency first responders (including media) who have responsibilities for responding to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents, particularly those involving the use of explosives or incendiaries.

This one-day course teaches how to identify potential terrorist targets and tactics in your communities. The primary purpose of the Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings — Awareness Level course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate and respond effectively to incidents of terrorism that may involve energetic materials and other WMD. Furthermore, the course is designed to instill in participants a respect for the destructive potential of explosive materials that could be used by terrorists in a WMD incident.

The course will take place at the National Emergency Training Center, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland State Fire Marshal and will start at 8:30 a.m. and run to approximately 3:00 p.m. Final Registration will be from 7:30 — 8:30 a.m. in J Auditorium.

A portion of this course will be held outside in a field. Please dress appropriately or be prepared in case of inclement weather. Also, please ensure you bring a pair of heavy work gloves.

There is no charge for the training and a certificate will be awarded for successful completion of the course. If you would like to be in attendance, contact Barry Thoma at [email protected] directly.