Field Guide: Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices

By August Vernon

On Friday, June 29, 2007, responders in London, England, were alerted to two cars laden with fuel and nails that would have caused numerous casualties had they been detonated. A day later, a flaming car barrelled through a terminal in the Glasgow, Scotland, airport.

Unfortunately, firefighters and other first responders are now on the front lines of battle, and must stay alert to possible terrorist attacks–including ones incorporating vehicles. What do you do when confronted with a suspicious vehicle? Please download and make use of the handy quick reference guide below.

Download Field Response Guide for Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) HERE (pdf)

August Vernon is an assistant coordinator for the Forsyth County (NC) Office of Emergency Management. He returned to this position in 2005, after a year in Iraq as a security contractor conducting long-range convoy security operations involved in several improvised explosives devices (IEDs) and combative engagements. He has been a member of emergency management since 2000 and of the fire service since 1990. Vernon served in the U.S. Army as a nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) operations specialist. He teaches courses in IED response, incident management, OPSEC for public safety, hazmat operations, and terrorism/WMD response. He has been published in several national publications.

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