Explosive devices a topic as rescue workers attend Suffolk training
More than 100 emergency services personnel and firefighters -- most of whom are volunteers -- heard tips Sunday on how to spot an improvised explosive device and how to respond at a scene with an active shooter.
Suffolk police led the training session that was attended by emergency responders from New York City to Montauk. The Suffolk County Department of Health's EMS Division and the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services gave presentations at the three-hour session at the Huntington Community First Aid Squad headquarters in Huntington Station.
The training comes on the heels of Friday's firefight tied to the Boston Marathon bombings. Among the examples of the types of dangers first responders face was the case of Justin Angell, a volunteer Bellmore firefighter who was shot in March 2011. Angell, 20, was wounded by an auto crash victim who shot at his would-be rescuers. Nassau County Police killed the crash victim at the scene.
"If they are first on the scene of an event that could go tactical, they could very much get caught in it," said Suffolk Police Assistant Chief of Patrol Stuart Cameron. "Cops get that. They are always tactically aware, but EMS and fire are not so quite focused on that because they are there to help you. They have their own hazards to worry about."
Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel and firefighters received training on how to spot an improvised explosive device and how to safely handle multiple casualties.
The training's overall goal is to provide volunteers with techniques to safely do their jobs.
Martha Brenner, Huntington Community First Aid Squad chief, said more volunteers attended the session, probably because of the Boston bombings.