The scenario involved the explosion of an over-the-road bus that "terrorists" had crammed full of an ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (ANFO) explosive mixture. The "terrorists" chose this vehicle after studying the approaches to the "Metro City Tunnel." In the script, the "terrorists" noted that box vans such as the one used in the 1995 Oklahoma City incident were routinely stopped and searched, but that regular bus traffic was routinely waved right into the tunnel.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS >>> By HARRY R. CARTER, Ph.D., MIFireE Newark Metro Strike Team Drill Tests Emergency Response Capabilities T here is an old saying that’s famous in the music world: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” It is the same in the HARRY R. CARTER, Ph.D., a Firehouse® contribut- ing editor, is a municipal fire protection consultant fire and emergency services. Unless you are well drilled in the talents based in Adelphia, NJ, and veteran of 46 years in the fire and emergency service. He is chairman of the of your trade, you stand a great chance of failing when the time comes Board of Fire Commissioners of Howell Township, NJ, Fire District 2 and retired from the Newark, NJ, to do your duty. With that in mind, emergency responders in northern New Jersey Fire Department in 1999 as a battalion commander. Carter also has been a member of the Adelphia Fire recently tested their skills and tool operations by conducting a large-scale exercise Company in Howell Township for 38 years, serving as chief in 1991. Carter is a member of the American involving a simulated terrorist incident in a tunnel. Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers of Great Britain, for which he formerly served as vice presi- Urban search and rescue (USAR) teams have become one of the critical service deliv- dent and secretary. He also is president of the New Jersey Association of Fire Districts, a life member of ery elements of the post 9/11 world. It is a given in the emergency services that New York the National Fire Protection Association and former City is a prime target for terrorists to attack. Northern New Jersey is within the operational president of the International Society of Fire Service radius of the area that terrorists see as a target to get the attention of the world. Instructors. Carter holds six degrees, with his termi- nal degree being a Ph.D. in business administration After the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, an analysis was performed of the from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN, where region’s state of preparedness with regard to man-made and natural disasters. This analysis he is an adjunct faculty member. uncovered a gap in preparedness, finding that the region needed more heavy rescue equip- 94 Firehouse ® www.Firehouse.com June 2010 >>> DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ment and trained personnel that could arrive on the scene of an incident quickly. A proposal to establish the New Jersey Metro Urban Search and Rescue Strike Team was submitted on Feb. 1, 2004, and through federal funding and local planning the team was established on July 31, 2006. The Metro USAR Strike Team (MUST) was put into operation to support the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) for the cities of Newark and Jersey City. In addition, it provides direct assistance to the counties of Essex, Hudson, Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Union and Middlesex, as well as the Port Authority of New York and New
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