Explosions, panic, death, and terror struck Brussels. An airport and metro station became targets for a devastating terrorist attack. More than 30 people were killed and many more were injured. DSS stands alongside Belgium and we extend our thoughts and prayers to all who were affected by this unspeakable tragedy.
It seems that a short few months ago I wrote this same article about the attacks in Paris. Now it is no secret that terrorism is a real threat and as public safety agencies we should be on guard at all times to ensure our citizens are safe. When looking at terrorist incidents, we can often brush off their threat level due to the fact that the military fights terror. However, when these incidents happen, it isn’t the military that is first on scene, it is us. New York’s firefighters fought vigorously to save lives during 9/11. During the Paris shooting attacks, French law enforcement officers were the ones on scene who eventually put an end to the terror. While the military is the one that takes the fight to these organizations, it is no surprise that as public safety officers, we are the first to deal with the incident itself.
Knowing where a terrorist incident will occur next is near impossible. To pinpoint these events before they occur takes tons of intelligence operations, furthermore many terrorist incidents are caused by a “lone wolf”, someone who is radicalized by a group but feels it is necessary to take matters into their own hands. With these incidents it is near impossible to find out when and where they’ll strike.
The key to terrorist preparation is drilling. Remember the age old saying “practice makes perfect?” It especially applies here in terrorist incident training. The more often you and your agency can drill possible emergencies, the better off you’ll be in the event of an attack. Sadly, agencies that do drills like this often leave dispatchers out and only drill the on scene part of an incident. I encourage you to create a dispatcher portion of the drill. For example, have actors call into the dispatch center and give various descriptions of assailants and weapons; get your dispatchers trained to take on a volume of calls.
Terrorism is a topic that strikes close to our heart. In fact, our Learning on Demand instructor, Tony Harrison, served for the Oklahoma City Police Department during the time of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. In our course, “Terrorism and the Telecommunicator” Tony will show you exactly how real the threat of a terrorist incident is in US society today by using numerous case studies and by giving real time statistics to the amount of hate groups and patriotic groups in the United States today. You can also check out our class “Hostage Negotiation”. Many hostage-incidents contact with law enforcement begin when the hostage taker calls 9-1-1. It is critical that the person who answers this call is trained. This class will prepare attendees to answer the call. Lastly, a very real threat in our society is that of the active shooter, be sure to purchase the Learning on Demand course, “Active Shooter” to gain the training necessary to combat these threats.
We would like to offer you a promotional discount to assist with training coinciding with unfortunate recent events. We are offering our Terrorism in the Telecommunicator, Hostage Negotiation, and Active Shooter courses for $99 per course, per student. This pricing will only be valid until 4/30/2016. To redeem this offer, please contact Heather Van Pelt – firstname.lastname@example.org/ 248-359-8863