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Terrorism / WMD Response

Terrorism and WMD response is increasingly becoming the responsibility of fire and EMS departments. Use the terrorism response topic to research equipment and tactics to prepare yourself and your personnel for potential terrorist incidents.

“Just try to wrap your thoughts around having 3, 4, 5, 10 gunshot wound patients thrown at you – at one or two medics with one ambulance.”
Emergency services organizations are struggling to meet the escalating needs for medical supplies, equipment and vehicles
A FF/paramedic captain recounts hunkering down with victims at the Pentagon on 9/11 while expecting another attack
A bomb in a van in the underground parking garage exploded killing six people, injuring over 1,000
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant funds counter-terrorism operations for nine cities, towns
Officials call for Mayor Wu to unfreeze funds after new warnings of lone-actor” threats around the holidays
Miami Beach officials approved the deployment of 12 firefighters overseas
Prosecutors say Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may not face the death penalty
Cebollero, Dudley and Ludwig discuss honoring the legacy of 9/11
A British court was told during an inquiry into the 2017 terrorist attack that police officers pleaded for ambulances as concertgoers carried victims on makeshift stretchers
Limit your exposure and clean the ambulance and your clothing before heading home after shift to avoid contaminating your home and loved ones
Anticipating potential targets, and preplanning a coordination and communication plan are keys to an organized response
From full-scale to tabletop exercises, preparing for a mass casualty incident should be part of disaster management training
Communication problems, especially reliability and interoperability, are widespread and complicate preparedness, training and response
Police said the explosion was a terrorist attack, the fifth in Britain this year
NHS England said three of the injured remain in critical care
Police said a man who was driving the car has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution
The service was closed to the public and was held for survivors, victims’ families, club employees and local officials
As responders, we can’t run from danger because we’re tasked with mitigating the incident and managing the aftermath
Victims and their families gave harrowing accounts of the sudden and random attacks that sent scores of people fleeing crowded restaurants and diving for cover
Larry Barton, a threat assessment instructor for the FBI, said the strategy saves lives, but people need to make decisions quickly
EMS providers will be called upon to mitigate the effects of bombings and other incidents involving the use of explosive devices
The attack left seven people and three attackers dead
British media reported that more than one person had been killed in the rampage
Teenage screams filled the arena just after the explosion, which also killed the attacker and injured dozens
Emergency responder effectiveness after this terrorist MCI will likely be judged – fairly or not – based on solving the crime, caring for the injured and quickly reuniting families
Hundreds gathered for a ceremony at the former site of the Murrah building, now a memorial and museum