Freight train derails, explosive found – TSA exercise with Union Pacific

Imagine a freight train derails and emergency responders rush to the scene, only to find the derailment worse than they thought. They discover an improvised explosive device (IED) on one of the derailed tank cars that was spewing toxic chemicals. Fortunately, Read More …

Louisiana: DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, City of New Orleans Hosts Readiness Event

In partnership with the City of New Orleans, with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD), is hosting a multiday readiness event from Monday, March 18, through Friday, March 22. The purpose of this Read More …

Ukraine: Bomb disposal experts destroy Russian 500-kilogramme bomb

On 28 February, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine received a report of an explosive item found in a field in one of the settlements of Zaporizhzhia Oblast on its emergency number. Upon arrival at the scene, bomb disposal experts Read More …

Philippines: Bomb threat drill conducted in Dumaguete city port

Law enforcement agencies on Wednesday conducted a simulation exercise of a bomb threat scenario at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) administration building in this capital city of Negros Oriental to test their readiness and response capabilities. Police Chief Master Sgt. Read More …

Queensland: Police evacuate 5km exclusion zone after explosive chemical spill

There’s no timeline for when residents will be allowed to return home after the rollover of a truck carrying explosive chemicals in Queensland. The Bruce Highway has been blocked in both directions at Bloomsbury, north of Mackay in Queensland, after Read More …

775th EOD Flight forges bonds with community first responders

LAYTON, Utah — Technicians from Hill Air Force Base’s 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight tested their emergency response skills while forging valuable bonds with local first responders during a recent off-base training exercise. Working with the Davis County Bomb Squad, Read More …

The Netherlands: Explosives found in Amsterdam homeless shelter during ongoing investigation

Police officers investigating a suspicious situation at a homeless shelter in Amsterdam found several explosives after evacuating the building. Emergency services coordinated a massive response just after 10 a.m., sending many police officers and firefighters to the scene. One person Read More …

UK: Police probe ‘arson attack’ at Leyton Underground station

The carriage of the Tube has “suffered extensive damage” after it was up in flames following the suspected attack at Leyton Underground Station on Saturday (December 2). The British Transport Police says detectives are asking for information and witnesses, particularly Read More …

Indiana: Responders’ training safely defuses potential hazards

A couple of stories in the news recently reminded us of the importance of specialized training for our first responders, who know that on on any given day they may run into the face of unpredictable dangers. Take Nov. 9, Read More …

Best kept secret: BC RCMP’s Explosive Disposal Unit

Last summer, two male suspects entered a Saanich bank clad in full body armor and armed with semi-automatic SKS rifles. When officers arrived on scene, there was an armed robbery in progress and 22 innocent people were inside the bank. Read More …