|First Responder Communities of Practice|
First Responder Communities of Practice is a professional networking, collaboration and communication platform created by the Department of Homeland Security Science andTechnology Directorate to support improved collaboration and information sharing amongst the nation's First Responders and other Federal, State, Tribal, Territorial, and local governments supporting homeland security efforts.
|Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives|
The ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United State Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.
The Explosives Unit (EU) conducts examinations of evidence associated with bombing matters. The unit conducts forensic examinations of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), incendiary devices, and their respective remains, while providing expert witness testimony in court regarding the results of these examinations. The EU also provides direct field support in bombing matters, bombing crime scene investigations, and searches of bomb factories and safe houses in which bombs or bomb components may be encountered.
|FBI Hazardous Materials|
The Hazardous Material Response Unit (HMRU) responds to criminal acts and incidents that involve hazardous materials (HAZMAT). The unit also develops technical proficiency and readiness for crime scene and evidence-related operations in cases involving chemical, biological, and radiological materials and wastes and trains U.S. and international law enforcement in these skills. It also provides site safety oversight of FBI personnel operating in other high hazard crime scenes, including collapsed structures and confined spaces.
TRIPwire (Technical Resource for Incident Prevention) is a secure, online information-sharing network for law enforcement, bomb squads, and other first responders to learn about current terrorist bombing tactics, techniques, and procedures, including improvised explosive device (IED) design and emplacement.
|Associations and Memberships|
|International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators|
The International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) is an independent, non-profit, professional association formed for countering the criminal use of explosives. This is sought through the exchange of training, expertise and information among personnel employed in the fields of law enforcement, fire and emergency services, the military, forensic science and other related fields.
|National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board|
The National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board (NBSCAB) serves as the leadership element of the U.S. Bomb Squad program, giving strong advice to Federal agencies that support bomb squads regarding important bomb squad related issues and acting as the final decision making authority on guidelines and standards for the profession.