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Six Adair Countians get training on Suicide Bombing Prevention

Training takes place this past week in New Mexico
One photo accompanies this article.
By Greg Thomas
Adair County Emergency Management Director
This past week six people from Adair County Emergency Management and Regional 12 HazMat / WMD Respond Team traveled to New Mexico to attend a six day course titled " Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents (PRSBI) sponsored by US Homeland Security.

This course provides senior state and local police, fire, emergency medical services, and emergency management operations personnel with the knowledge and skills needed to develop policies for the prevention, interdiction, response, and mitigation of a suicide bombing attack.Those attending from Columbia were Adair County Emergency Management Director Greg Thomas, HazMat Team Members Fay Davidson , Ricky Collins, Bub Polston, Marc Evans, and James Absher. Other attendees of the course were from all states across the 50 state, Guam, the Secret Service, the FBI, and the U.S. Treasury Department.

The course methodology included classroom presentations, field laboratories, and practical exercises.

Students get historical overview of suicide bombings

The students were provided with a historical overview of suicide bombings, characteristics of a suicide bomber, and how emergency organizations can disrupt a terrorist's ability to carry out a suicide bombing. Basic explosives and characteristics were focuses on for the energetic materials utilized by suicide bombers. Basic terms, concepts, and explosive characteristics were discussed in preparation for the field laboratories.

While there, the participants were familiarizes with suicide bombing improvised explosive devices (IED) and accessories used in the production or use of IEDs. Legal Issues in the use of deadly force and racial profiling and legal guidelines related to the use of force in the context of suicide bombing events also went went over.

Participants taught to assess threat levels

Threat assessments worksheets were giving out to assist participants in accurately assessing local and regional threat levels. Information collection and management, indications, and warnings were explained to participants with data relating to techniques and processes for the collection, analysis, management and dissemination of counter-terrorist protective information appropriate to their organizations and agencies.

Presentations were given on pre-attack and imminent attack countermeasures. Issues and response techniques, and practical examples of physical, procedural, staffing and operational countermeasures that can be implemented were also presented.

Three field laboratories allow students to observe and handle, when possible, explosives and their resulting damage. Lab sessions include: suicide bombing devices, package bomb and suicide belt with shrapnel, vehicle bomb, and full-scale simulated suicide bombing.

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Homeland Security Comes Home: Adair Countians at Suicide Bombing Prevention Class in NM

2006-03-06 - New Mexico - Photo Greg Thomas. On the top portion of the picture is a class picture taken at the bombing range in New Mexico. If you look closely you see the six people from Adair County on the left end side of the picture. The picture in lower center is of some of the people form Adair have some fun: Front row: Ricky Collins(with the riffle) Marc Evan, and Fay Davidson (wearing a bomb vest). Back Row: James Absher and Bub Polston (wearing a harness pipe bomb). This picture was taken at one of the exercise location where they received hands on with certain devices.
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