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Joint Public Safety Response to Fire-as-a-Weapon

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Strike Eagle Complex

1319 Douglas Ave

RAF Lakenheath

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Fire is one of the oldest weapons known to man. However, after thousands of years there is still a struggle to manage fire when used as a weapon. The class “Joint Public Safety Response to Fire-as-a-Weapon” was developed to train law enforcement and firefighting personnel how to operate when fire is either intentionally or unintentionally introduced during law enforcement operations.

The use of fire as a weapon adds to the complexity and lethality of any hostile incident. Not only do officers have to deal with the dangers normally associated with tactical entries and building sweeps, but fires quickly make the situation much more complex and dangerous for victims and responders. Fire growth and fire spread times do not allow for a long decision-making process; requiring law enforcement to have contingency plans in place before the first sign of smoke or fire.

Attacks such as the complex coordinated attacks in Mumbai, India (2008), demonstrated that criminals are willing to use fire as a weapon to increase the victim count. Many people fail to realize that United States law enforcement have experienced many incidents where fire is used as a weapon. Incidents involving barricaded suspects, attacks on responders, and warrant services have resulted in injuries and deaths from the fire. Notable incidents have occurred in Philadelphia; San Diego; Webster, New York; Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Oregon City, Oregon; Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Cowpens, South Carolina. National and international intelligence analysts recognize the increasing use of fire-as-a-weapon in both criminal and terrorist attacks.

Recommended Audience: MSG/CD (School Liaison), CES/CC, CES/CD, FSS/CC, LRS/CC, SFS/CC, 1st/Emer Responder leadership, ECC NCOs, key EOC reps (EOC Dir, EOC Mgr, ESF-4, 5, and 13), IC's, asst Chiefs (CEF), EOD, medical personnel assigned with triage, XP (CAT/DIR), and IGI.

Additional Audiences may include: DoDEA, DECA, AAFES management.

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