Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:43 AM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 11, 2013 11:02 AM
Explosives training for the FBI was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Billings Logan International Airport.
Local law enforcement officials gathered at a meeting intended to prepare first responders for bombing situations they may encounter.
The goal was to show the lethality of everyday items which could easily be obtained at places like grocery stores or home improvement stores.
Bomb Technician Dave McKean said it's vital to teach responders what products went into making the explosives so they are able to effectively protect both themselves and the community.
Special Agent McKean said, "I think that's the key to it, being able to prevent problems. I'd much rather respond to a call where I have explosive material that's been discovered as opposed to somebody's injured; why did they get injured? ...That's a tragedy...and so that is the key to what our outreach is, to be proactive and prevent."
The bomb expert stresses that prevention is the key to keeping the community safe.
He says ability to talk about and recognize improvised explosives threats will make first responders better prepared in emergency situations.
Any member of the public who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to contact Billings law enforcement.