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Firefighters, emergency
responders attend
explosive detonation training



Emergency response teams from Lawrence, Greene, Clay and Randolph Counties learned techniques to deal with terroristic bomb threats and an actual event. Here, Walnut Ridge Fire Department Chief Alan Haskins from left), Walnut Ridge Firefighter Frank Owens, Imboden Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Jones, Pocahontas Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Baltz and (not pictured) Walnut Ridge Capt. Chris Jones enjoy lunch at Parachute Inn during break from the training session Sept. 29 at the BRTC Fire Training Academy at the Walnut Ridge Airport Industrial Park.
TD Photo ~ Frank M. Witowski Jr.
Frank M. Witowski Jr.
Staff Writer

Life changed forever in the United States following the 9-11 terrorist attacks that took thousands of lives. As a result, the nation's leaders have learned to be more prepared with the realization that the U.S. is not exempt from such acts of violence.

On Sept. 29, fire department personnel, emergency response management teams and leaders from Lawrence, Randolph, Greene and Clay counties went through explosive detonation training at the Black River Technical College Fire Training Academy at the Walnut Ridge Airport Industrial Park.

Trainees learned how to deal with an explosive bomb threat or event. The six-hour training session included how firefighters would handle a credible threat and warning, the notification and initial response to be given, continued response and recovery and restoring normalcy following an emergency situation.

"Every county that receives Homeland Security monies is required to do an annual drill," Lawrence County Office of Emergency Response Coordinator Steve Jones said. "This year, we did a tabletop drill."

In a tabletop drill participants discuss different scenarios and what responses would be proper.

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