Roseville Hosts Realistic Car-Bomb Scenario For Updated TCM Training
|Roseville Fire Captain Greg James (left) directs firefighter response in terrorism simulation in Roseville.|
When our homeland security is attacked, it is firefighters who are on the front lines. But in order to respond, firefighters need to know what to expect when responding to a terrorist attack.
It was in pursuit of that realism that Roseville’s Basic Urban Kitchen and Bar was transformed into the scene of a nightclub car-bomb attack … complete with smoldering vehicles, blood-spattered “victims” and real first responders.
Video crews with FireStar Productions, aided by some two-dozen actors and Roseville firefighters and police officers, shot footage to provide instruction on critical first response decisions that must be made within the first five minutes of a response to the sort of explosion that indicates possible terrorist attack.
It’s all part of a new Web-based component of the successful Terrorism Consequence Management (TCM) training. TCM provides cutting-edge terrorism response training that has already reached more than 20,000 front line first responders throughout California.The new Web-based component will provide continuing education for those firefighters who receive the TCM classroom instruction.
“This type of scenario can really engrain in our responders the importance of being aware,” said Russ Fowler, a Butte County CAL FIRE battalion chief who is part of the CFFJAC’s TCM Curriculum Committee. “It’s not just seeing what’s in front of you, but thinking about all of the other aspects from a terrorist’s point of view.”
The car-bomb scenario is one of a number of realistic scenarios that will be re-created as part of the new Web-based TCM program. Created in 2003, the original TCM program was the first post-9/11 terror response program specifically geared toward the fire service. The update of that program -- and the new Web-based continuing education component are funded by a $2.5 million homeland security grant approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor in 2007.
|Front of Basic Urban Kitchen and Bar is transformed into scene of simulated car-bomb attack.|
“It’s very important that the scenes be realistic,” said Chet Bertell, a San Diego City firefighter and certified bomb technician who is the TCM bomb-tech expert. “These sorts of incidents are rare in the U.S. and so firefighters need to see something that is as close to the real thing as possible.”
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About Terrorism Consequence Management
Available at no cost to all fire agencies, TCM utilizes a “train-the-trainer” approach to insure that every firefighter in the state has access to the same advanced training. Individual departments send firefighters and/or training officers to Instructor classes held throughout the state. After taking the six-hour course, they return to their departments to train personnel.
All of the training materials – both for instructors and students – are provided free of charge to local departments. The grant also funds backfill for departments, so they can send their personnel to the classes.
The TCM training is being developed by the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee, co-sponsored by the California State Fire Marshal and California Professional Firefighters. .