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First responders learn to ID explosives

A display of explosives used during the training session. A display of explosives used during the training session.
Radcliff Fire Chief Jamie Henderson Radcliff Fire Chief Jamie Henderson
Vine Grove Fire Chief Steven New Vine Grove Fire Chief Steven New
ATF Special Agent George Huffman ATF Special Agent George Huffman

RADCLIFF, KY (WAVE) - Nearly 100 first responders now know how to spot an explosive thanks to a training put on by federal and local authorities.

Firefighters from Radcliff and Vine Grove teamed together to host the training put on in connection with the federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agency.

"Explosives are getting more common," said Radcliff Fire Chief Jamie Henderson. "So identification for us and a better response for us to the scene is good for all emergency services."

Organizers say since bombs can be made out most household items, knowing how to spot an explosive can mean the difference between life and death.

"If you don't know what you're looking for you don't need to be in there," said Vine Grove Fire Chief Steven New.

Led by five ATF specialists, the day-long course aimed to ensure first responders from nearly a dozen surrounding agencies knew how to successfully identify a variety of explosives.

"We want everybody to be safe," said ATF Public Information Officer George Huffman. "We don't want the wrong person trying to handle something that could harm them or others."

Huffman said most of the explosives identified during the training often lead to serious injury, if not death. As such, education is key to keeping first responders, and the public, safe.

First responders also learned how to process crime scenes without compromising evidence.

The following agencies took part in Wednesday's training at the Colvin Community Center in Radcliff:

  • Elizabethtown Police Department
  • Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force
  • Fort Knox Fire Department
  • Hardin County Emergency Medical Services
  • Hardin County Sheriff's Office
  • Louisville International Airport Department of Public Safety
  • Radcliff Fire Department
  • United States Mint Police - Fort Knox
  • Valley Creek Fire Department
  • Vine Grove Fire Department

Organizers encourage anyone believed to have come in contact with an explosive to refrain from touching it. Instead, contact the nearest police department, fire department or bomb squad.

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