Tuesday, May 12, 2009

City of Newnan Police and Fire Complete Special Incident Response Training

Some of the city of Newnan’s Police and Fire personnel were able to complete Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB) training at the Energetic Research and Testing Center in Socorro, New Mexico. The police staff who attended was Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs and Detective Danny McDonald. The Newnan Fire Marshall Ricky Ayers and Captain John Byrom and was also able to attend.

The four hour performance level IRTB course provides basic information on explosive and incendiary devices that could be used as terrorist weapons. Classroom topics include:

Understanding the terrorist threat
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
Safety issues
Departmental or agency policies to ensure compliance with local requirements
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provided all the funding for the public safety personnel to attend. It was no cost to the city for the travel and training opportunity.

“One of the most important aspects of this training is recognizing First Responders, local police officers and firefighters, may be able to detect unusual activity or devices, before solid intelligence is developed by State or Federal agencies, concerning an imminent bomb attack. In reviewing case studies of previous terrorist bombings, the terrorists' methods of identifying targets, recruiting associates, obtaining funds and materials and training for their attacks were discussed. This training gives the First Responder a basis for developing intelligence in their local areas, to prevent such attacks, said City of Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs.

EMRTC provides world class training in explosives, firearms and explosive site safety in association with The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The U.S. State Department and other Federal and State agencies. Our course instructors are recognized worldwide as top explosives and WMD experts. EMRTC's facilities include a 40-square-mile field laboratory that includes over 30 separate test sites, gun ranges and research laboratories to use for training field exercises. The Center is a division of New Mexico Tech. For more information please log onto www.emrtc.nmt.edu.
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