Fire Department. Fire is common when there is an explosive detonation. Early notification of the fire
department can help minimize property damage and injury if the bomb should detonate. Fire
department personnel will normally respond to the scene and stand by.
Medical Personnel. The potential for injury with a bomb threat is high. Trained personnel standing by
is very important. Medical personnel should stand by the scene of a bomb threat with an ambulance.
Emergency Operations Center. It is necessary during any bomb situation to have a bomb threat
emergency operations center (EOC) located at the bomb site. The EOC serves as a control point for
search teams, communication, access lists, and release of information. This eliminates confusion as to
who is in charge.
The post commander designates a bomb scene officer, and an alternate, to be in charge of the bomb
site operation. The bomb scene officer and his alternate must have special training in bomb threats
and emergency situations. Either the bomb scene officer or his alternate will respond to all bomb
threats as the commander's representative.
The only person who may authorize release of information from the bomb site is the bomb scene
officer. The only person who should release the information to the public is the public affairs officer
(PAO). Keeping a tight control of information could prevent a wave of bomb threats.
Reliable communications from the bomb scene is essential. Radio transmissions will not be used
within 150 feet (50 meters) from the suspect area. Note that some SOP may state 100 meters as the
safe distance. Radio transmissions could detonate the bomb prematurely. All elements should attempt
to maintain communication by telephone if possible.
Other methods that may be necessary include:
o Field phones - TA 312.
o Hand signals (if one point is visible by all).
A CID Action Record (CID Form 66) will be initiated whenever a bomb threat is reported to a USACIDC
A criminal investigation will be initiated on bomb threat incidents when a bomb is located or detonated,
a subject is identified, or a series of related threats occur. In all other bomb threat incidents, a Serious
Incident Report (SIR) will be prepared and the CID Form 66 will be completed.