Test for first responders is the bomb
Emergency officials and responders from St. Charles, St. John and St. James parishes came together on Thursday, Jan. 12 to test their skills in disarming bombs.
They took part in a full-scale improvised explosive device response exercise in which officers went through the motions as if a real bomb was found.
The exercise took place in Taft near the Dow chemical plant and did not include any actual bombs or hazardous material. The goal of the event was to closely simulate a real-life event to give parish responders the highest level of experience and training possible.
Responders took turns suiting up and heading into the "hot zone" in which the simulated hazardous material and bomb were found. They would then assess the situation and report back to officials, going through a "warm zone" for decontamination on the way out.
The simulation also included a scenario where the person who planted the bomb barricaded themselves in a building with a hostage. Police officers then had to practice dealing with the hostage situation.
Representatives from several agencies attended the event, including the St. Charles Emergency Operations Center, St. Charles Sheriff’s Office, St. Charles Rapid Assessment Team, St. Charles Hospital and similar departments from St. John and St. James parishes.
The exercise allowed the agencies to test knowledge and skills that they recently acquired during an IED recognition course by the River and Bayou Parishes Task Force and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
The course was designed to help officials prepare to meet the threat of domestic and international terrorism. The agencies involved also took part in terrorist surveillance and detection training.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald Guide is the complete local news in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.
Get your local news, sports and information from the Parish's award winning paper.
St. Charles Herald Guide has what you need.
The Pickets are hallowed ground in the Houma trout-fishing world. If you fish out...
The Hahnville Tigers finished with 12 points at the LHSAA State Track and Field...
Parish President V.J. St. Pierre, along with eight other parish presidents and...
Dr. Rodney Lafon boiled down his decision to announce his retirement last month to...
Little more than a week after officials from 14 parishes took a trip to Washington,...
The Port of South Louisiana will soon see a change in leadership after Joel T....
Sereen Beauty Supply, in Luling, specializes in professional hair care products, chemicals, tools, and accessories for all styles and types of hair. Come see the largest wig and hair accessory inventory in St Charles.
Vitter in Bayou Gauche to speak about action on flood insurance rate hikes - 850 views
Little more than a week after officials from 14 parishes took a trip to Washington, D.C. to lobby against potential flood insurance rate hikes, some of those same officials convened with Sen. David Vitter at the home of a Bayou Gauche couple.