April 25, 2013
OSU-CHS hosts U.S. Department of Homeland Security workshop
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences hosted a Multi-Jurisdiction Improvised Explosive Device Security Planning Workshop on April 18 to facilitate training for first responders and bomb technicians in Tulsa.
The workshop was facilitated by the Office of Bombing Prevention, which leads the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's efforts develop tools to improve preparedness for bombing threats across the nation.
"Our goal is to improve our city's level of preparedness by evaluating current response plans and improving strategies in dealing with situations that involve explosives," said Eric Polak, interim assistant vice president for health care administration and chief financial officer at OSU-CHS. "Participants worked together on overall prevention efforts, technician protection and safety, and appropriate law enforcement responses."
The Tulsa Police Department Bomb Squad Unit, TPD Disaster Area Response Team, TPD Special Operations Team, Broken Arrow Police Department and Tulsa Fire Department participated in the day-long training session. Representatives of the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency, faculty from the Center for Improvised Explosives Research and Training at OSU-CHS and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations also attended the workshop.
The workshop provided participants with an opportunity to evaluate responses to incidents where small arms weapons and improved explosion devices are used.