STAFFORD - On Sunday, August 5th, Stafford EMS had 6 of its members travel to Socorro, New Mexico for a week-long training class called Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB).

This course provides police, fire, EMS and first responders the knowledge and skills to safely respond to terrorist incidents involving explosives.

The IRTB course focuses on public health and safety by acknowledging and addressing personal protection issues that arise when responding to terror incidents involving commercial and homemade explosives.

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Additionally, the course includes information of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), terrorist organizations and lessons learned from past terrorist incidents. This information prepares first responders to safely recognize and respond to terrorist bombing threats.

With over 40 hours of training complete, the Stafford EMS members were able to learn the following:

  • Recognize the history and current threat of terrorist bombings to the United States and its communities by terrorist groups.
  • Identify Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and their components.
  • Identify tactics and techniques used by terrorists to conduct attacks using explosives.
  • Identify personal protection considerations for a safe response to a pre-blast and post-blast bombing incident.
  • Identify response priorities and procedures during a post-blast incident for the initial incident response.

Stafford citizens gain the benefits of our local members new expertise by attending this training.