Recent news from the bomb, WMD world
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According to news station LEX 18, ". . .as the firefighters bent down to a woman lying on the ground in front of a home, shots rang out."
I don't intend this as armchair quarterbacking, but maybe right now is a good time to review your policies involving hot calls, shots fired calls, Domestic Violence and / or EDP calls.
Prudent, forward-thinking agencies will encourage Fire Departments and EMS Crews to 'stage', or set up nearby while Law Enforcement makes the scene safe. Even if there is a fire, or obvious injured, today most EMS and Fire personnel do not have the equipment (shields, vests) nor the training to approach a still-hostile subject. That's kind of our 'bag', baby, to quote a movie.
I expect Fire and EMS to be as brave, or braver than we (they work unarmed, after all), but even then, there are still unacceptable risks, and approaching a hot scene should be recognized as one of those.
To begin with, the way the situation was handled start to finish, was right on the button. As history has shown us (Columbia, Ireland), very little can ever be done by Patrol to rescue a person with an explosive device attached to them. In a couple of cases, even well-educated Hazardous Device Technicians have lost their lives while trying to defuse people bombs.
It is a foolish, foolish Officer that feels comfortable attempting to render safe an explosive device, no matter how simple the appearance. The trend of microminiaturization of sensors and power supplies applies directly to the bomb builder. Think back to your first wireless phone. (Mine looked like a black brick.) Now, the phone is smaller than my last badge, and can take pictures and tell if the flip is open or closed. Even a low-tech device such as the soda bottle bomb has caused great injury to those that failed to respect its' power.
Therefore, I wholeheartedly suggest anyone thinking that trying to remove a collar bomb, or placing a vest beneath it, or ANY tactic that doesn't involve remotely immobilizing, gathering intel and WAITING FOR THE BOMB SQUAD to rethink their positions. And, to the Officers that did exactly this in PA: job well done.
An exceptionally ambitious virtual memorial to honor fallen EOD/BD/HDT personnel from all nations is being created by a group of Techs. If you have a name you would like memorialized, or have time to help this noteworthy cause, please visit http://my.fragweb.com to see how you can help.
Bomb Tech Humor
Well, based on the Tech's assessment, an explosively-driven tool was selected to neutralize the package. When the tool functioned, it spread the contents of the package in a wide circle, soaking the lookie-loos. Fortunately for the crowd, it wasn't unconsumed explosives, or a WMD agent. Unfortunately for the crowd, it was ". . .putrefied chicken parts and human excrement. . ."
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Until next time,
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