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June, 2013

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Response to Terrorism, Revisited


The Jeep overturned on Killian Road near the Brick Mill Road intersection.

Jeep overturns, sends two to hospital Cherokee County, GA. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Canton Fire Department responded to single vehicle accident on the afternoon of May 3rd, at approximately 4:50, on Killian Road at the Brickmill Road intersection in Canton. The accident involved a black Jeep Cherokee that apparently left the roadway and landed on its top. The 16 year old female driver had a possible head injury and was

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transported emergency in stable condition. An 18 year female passenger in the back was complaining of back pain, plus she had cuts and bruises and was also in stable condition. Both patients were transported to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. According to Val Hice, Med

Con operator and paramedic for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, “The other passengers, three males, did not have any serious injuries.” Killian Road was blocked until the clean-up operation was complete. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. - TIM CAVENDER


Storm rattles Garden City Garden City, GA - Garden City Fire Department responded to 86 Rommel Ave during an afternoon thunderstorm for a large tree down on a house. Crews arrived and found negative injuries. They immediately began protecting the homeowners belongings.

Following the April 15 explosion that took place at the Boston Marathon killing three and injuring more than 150 innocent people, we are once again reminded that terrorism continues to be a real threat. Be it home grown terrorists or from foreign lands, the threat remains the STAYING same as they SAFE attempt to strike fear into the Chief Henry Campbell hearts and minds of the American people. Fear is another word for terrorism and fear is what must be overcome. The American people must continue to carry out their daily activities as they normally would, but they must also be alert and vigilant to changes around them. Terrorism is designed to create panic and fear and meant to draw public attention; wherein the terrorist strikes or makes threats, then disappears, to reappear who knows where and when. Determination and strong will can aid a free people in overcoming the terrorist threat and keeping us safe, but along with that, we as a country, and our emergency responders, must be prepared. We as first responders must be prepared for and respond to actual acts of terrorism. If there should be any form of terrorist attack in your community the fire and emergency services will be in the forefront of the response, and you must be capable of protecting yourself in order to protect others. That requires training of all department members in response to weapons of mass destruction (WMD); including nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons and explosive devices. In light of the Boston attack, it is important for first responders to review, revise, and or establish policies and guidelines that will protect responding members and the public from acts of terrorism. Firefighters and EMS personnel must know how to react, precautions to observe and follow, what is expected of them at the scene of an incident and what they should and should not do. Since the terrorist incidents in Boston, there has been the usual increase in the number of reports of suspicious or abandoned packages on buses, trains, stations and terminals, office buildings, and on public thoroughfares. The public once again has gone on the alert and heeded the message “If you see something, say something!”

Included also are mailings of packages to government officials and others containing possible chemical agents. All these incidents require a response that normally falls under police jurisdiction as crime scenes with fire and EMS personnel responding to assist the police agencies. What is a suspicious package? What is an explosive device? What does a bomb look like? Maybe it is time to review or retake the FEMA Emergency Response to Terrorism Course at What is your policy when responding to a reported bomb or explosive device? Don’t have one? Get one! You can start with the following information by retired Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn, FDNY with the complete text available at his web site: Terrorism Firefighting Strategies newsletters/Terrorism-Firefighting-Strategies.pdf Additional information may be obtained from the IAFC publication Terrorism Response A Checklist and Guide for Fire Chiefs at The potential for a secondary device occurrence must be stressed in training and all first responders must always be alert to that possibility, note there was a secondary device used at the Boston Marathon on April 15. Strategy and tactics require approaching the scene of any suspected incident with caution and being prepared for any form of chemical or explosive release. The use of protective clothing and equipment including SCBA, being alert for outward warning signs that may indicate the type of danger present such as where vapor clouds, mist, and unknown liquids exist should trigger warnings. Should they be present, do not enter the area and withdraw to a safe position. The proper placement and staging of apparatus at the scene perimeter rather than at the front door, down the block or even around the corner is safer. Maintain scene safety and coordination using the NIMS and ICS, stay vigilant to your surroundings and what is going on while having an escape route in mind. All are important to your safety. Also remember that you are operating at a crime scene and the collection of evidence and your personal observations can be critical to the apprehension of the perpetrator(s). Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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