Well-prepared individuals know how to protect themselves and others when facing a hazmat accident or a CBRNE attack.
Today’s firefighters, HAZMAT specialists, law enforcement officers, security teams, military personnel, and other emergency responders require frequent training to stay prepared.
Secondary Devices or IEDs can look like ANYTHING and are very easy to make and conceal.
They can be touch sensitive or timed.
This episode discusses the dangers of secondary devices and safe scene procedures, like RIO – Rule It Out.
FLIR Systems,Two-Time Winner in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner, including Top Honors for Best CBRNE Detection System, has launched a new educational resource, FLIR PRIMED (Prepare, Recognize, Input, Monitor, Experience, Decision).
(In FLIR PRIMED episode 22, Grant Coffey, retired Portland Fire & Rescue Hazmat Team Coordinator and CBRNE expert, provides a brief overview of Secondary Device Safety. Courtesy of FLIR Systems and YouTube. Posted on May 29, 2018)
FLIR is leveraging their vast knowledge, expertise and connections to bring free educational videos to first responders online.
Awareness – Always Expect the Potential of a Secondary Device
Secondary Devices pose a significant threat to first responders and bystanders during the initial response phase of any emergency or security event.
This information will provide guidelines for awareness and proper procedures that allow responders to perform their task while ensuring the safety of all personnel involved.
Individuals who mean to do harm to others, may use secondary devices to intentionally target first responders.
Personnel that are first on the scene of an event, must be aware and active in locating any potential secondary devices that exist.
Types of scenes where secondary devices may be more likely to be present:
- Demonstrations, political rallies
- Any explosion scene, especially where the device is unidentified
- Large gatherings or parades, especially on key event dates
- Chemical suicide scenes
- Clandestine Labs
- Mass Casualty Incident with large number of patients
- Significant incidents at a transportation hub, like bus stops, light rail stations, railways
When responding to these types of scenes, certain procedures should be followed:
- Immediate establishment of safety zones – minimum of 150’ away. Utilize Hard Cover, if possible.
- IF YOU CAN • SEE THE DEVICE, YOU ARE TOO CLOSE!
- Implement scene security – utilize binoculars and info from knowledgeable facility personnel
- Early notification of other appropriate agencies like PD, EDU, EMS, CST, FBI, HMRT
- For explosion scenes, remember your personal radiation detector: TURN IT ON AND PUT IT ON
- Minimize the use of radios, cell phones and pagers within at least 150’ of the hot zone or ground zero – relyon face to face communication if possible
- Remove patients quickly and as safely as possible utilizing hard cover
- GRAB, STRIP, WRAP AND RUN
* To receive an action checklist for initial recon teams.
Hot Topics for Today’s Responders
FLIR PRIMED is a free, online tool that provides First Responders with best practices for HAZMAT accidents and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and/or Explosives (CBRNE) attacks.
FLIR PRIMED delivers best practices, industry insights, and real-life experiences that help you stay prepared.
Class is now in session.
Whether the mission is preventive, reactive, or intelligence-driven, responders can stay prepared with FLIR PRIMED, a free source of cutting-edge insights with a focus on “street truth”, best practices, field checklists, and other CBRNE information.
FLIR Saros Competes in 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.
The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, Border Security, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’
As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, Saros will be competing against the industry’s leading providers of Innovative Perimeter Protection Systems.
To Learn More about the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, see 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners Honored at ISC East.
Over 100 distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government, gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies
- Leaders in Private Security