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Homeland Security


Response to Terrorism

There are a number of ways in which the Orange City Fire Department trains to protect the community.  Unfortunately, training for terrorist incidents is included among these.  The attacks on the World Trade Center in New York ushered in a new era of concern for the fire service and law enforcement.  Immediately following that attack, the Orange City Fire Department took aggressive steps to prepare for a potential terrorist incident to occur locally on a smaller scale.  The United States government created the Department of Homeland Security in a similar effort.  Since then, the federal government has collaborated with the States and local regions in an effort to efficiently prepare for possible future attacks.

The Orange City Fire Department trains all first responders to the “first responder operational” level, which insures that firefighters will be a will to face any type of terrorist attack in the most effective manner possible.  This includes preparing for biological, nuclear, incendiary, chemical and explosive-type incidents.  Fire department personnel also train on making appropriate notifications to other government agencies and ordering appropriate resources to assist in mitigating incidents.

Although the community and the fire department hope that firefighters never have to use their training, it is the business of the fire department to prepare for, and respond to, any imaginable type of incident – no matter how severe.

The Orange City Fire Department is dedicated to protect the community from terrorist activity. All Orange Fire Department emergency responders are trained to respond to terrorism emergencies, including chemical, biological, incendiary, radiological, and nuclear incidents.

Collaboration

In collaboration with the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC), the Department participates in the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) program.  Part of the TLO program involves training firefighters as TLO officers. These specially trained individuals gather and share intelligence deemed to be a threat to the public. With correspondence with federal, state, and other local agencies, fire department personnel work diligently to ensure that sensitive information is processed accordingly to minimize the threat level to the community.


According to the OCIAC, there are
Eight Pre-Incident Indicators to Terrorism which are identified as follows:



 Financing


Surveillance


Elicitation


Tests of Security


Acquiring Supplies


 Suspicious Activities


 Dry Runs


 
Deploying Assets


Your Orange City Fire Department personnel remain vigilant against suspicious activity and other signs of terrorist activity by maintaining a high level of awareness. One of the main responsibilities of emergency personnel trained in this area is to observe for obvious signs, situations, and behaviors that are not ordinary. Individual instincts and a “gut level” sense of security are prime indicators that something is not right.

Members of the community sometimes find themselves in situations where they feel as though something is not right – where things just aren’t adding up.  Call 9-1-1 for fire and police in emergency situations.  In non-emergency situations, call the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7444.  In those cases where individuals or situations are observed that don’t seem right, the following information will be useful to responding law enforcement or public safety agencies:

·         Physical descriptions of individual(s)
·         Address of suspicious occurrence
·         Vehicle description
·         Vehicle license plate number
·         Type of suspicious activity 

Providing for the highest level of security for our families, friends, businesses and visitors is a team effort. Active communication, frequent training, and awareness are key factors in this effort. The combined efforts of multiple public safety organizations and the dedicated individuals who work for them ensure that the City of Orange remains safe from those who would do us harm.

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