Local policy may differ as to when EOD should respond; thus, this should be
determined when the bomb threat plan is prepared.
(6) Detonation and Damage Control.
(a) What procedures will be taken if a bomb goes off without
warning or during a search or disposal operation? During planning stages,
damage control teams, first aid teams and heavy and light rescue teams are
Also, communication teams should be established.
teams will go to the scene of the explosion and try to control any fires;
they will remove flammable items and allow venting.
They will also
disconnect utilities, as needed, and have fire and medical teams stand by.
Rescue teams will go to the scene to aid and evacuate any injured parties.
First aid teams will report to the aid station and give first aid to the
injured. Communication teams will set up communication between these first
aid teams and the control center.
(b) How will utilities, transportation and other
be obtained and used? The engineers should cut off power
and gas to limit
the possibility of fire in the area of the blast.
person(s) responsible for transportation and other support
services must be
designated in the bomb threat plan.
(c) The bomb threat plan should name the people assigned to the
damage control team, light rescue team and heavy rescue team.
also name the people on the litter team, first aid team, and communications
(d) If a bomb goes off, the major problems are the treatment of
casualties and the control of any fires. In cases where a bomb search is in
progress, fire and medical personnel and equipment should be on a standby
basis. They should wait outside of the 300-foot evacuation radius.
(e) The possibility of more than one bomb should not be
overlooked, and the remaining areas of any building or facility should be
searched. This should be the case even though one explosion has occurred.
Procedures for searching the detonation site for physical evidence should be
followed as for any crime scene.
The Public Affairs Officer is the only
person who should release information to the press.
All others should be
told not to discuss the current situation with any outsiders, especially the
This control measure insures that more bomb threat calls are
not brought on by statements from uninformed sources.
The Threat. A bomb threat may be received in many ways. A suspicious
package may be sent through the mail; a written message may arrive,
delivered through the mail or by messenger, or by telephone. The telephone
message is the most often used method.
a. Telephone Messages.