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April 19, 2013

BFT holds explosives training class

BROWNSBURG — Though it was planned for months, the timing only seemed apropos as the Brownsburg Fire Territory (BFT) welcomed first responders and law enforcement from all over central Indiana to a special explosives preparedness and response training earlier this week with the thought of the Boston Marathon tragedy firmly ensconced in people’s minds.

The training, held by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), had been planned for months, however, and appears only 46 times across the United States, bringing in professionals from a variety of professions to learn from some of the top minds on the topic.

Brownsburg firefighter Chad Anspach attended the two-day class and said it was invaluable.

“A lot of this information being portrayed throughout the class is something from content experts who have worked with explosives or explosive ordinance disposal, so they bring a lot of experience and information that isn’t easily found in public resources like the Internet,” Anspach said.

BFT Fire Chief William Brown, who came to Brownsburg last year after having been the Task Force Coordinator for Indiana Task Force One, one of 28 Federal Urban Search and Rescue Teams under the scope of the DHS-Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said the class is an important part of being able to handle large scale events as best as possible to get people the medical care they need at an optimum pace.

“This course was paid for and developed by DHS and FEMA, so it’s no cost to the students or state,” he explained. “It’s a blend. There’s a member of the Indiana Metropolitan Police Department bomb squad, one of our personnel, two from Indianapolis Public Safety, and the audience is of 30 students. One of the instructors taught the same class in Boston.”

Brown said that though no one wants to think about it, the reality is that these events happen, and the point is to be prepared when they do.

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