First responders get real-life terrorism bombing training

By Jason Nguyen

Published 05/08 2014 04:51PM

Updated 05/08 2014 07:09PM

MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - First responders were put to the test during simulated bombing at a UTA station.

It was a “Train of Events” as a simulated bomb went off on a Front Runner.

Real life actors describe the bombing.
“I heard it was a bomb, butI don't know for sure,” says Kaitlyn Dunford. “I was on the train and it went boom and there was smoke everywhere and everyone fell to the ground. There [were] people around me and they were bleeding and I'm bleeding.”

Actors lie all over the train. Firefighters and paramedics worked quick to get people off the train.

A color coded triage was set up for victims.

Outside the train in plain sight was another bomber. He was with another victim who had a leg injury. Good 4 Utah’s Jason Nguyen interviewed the man shortly before tree officers checked on the two.

“You guys OK?” said one officer.

The bomber deflected the police telling them, “There's so many kids; go help them.”

But he didn’t fool Lieutenant Mike Fernandez.

The bomber tried again.

“There's a whole bunch of kids down there, they need help,” said the bomber.

“Ok what's this all about?” said the bomber.
“This is my back pack,” said Lt. Fernandez.
“It's very important,” said the bomber.
“That's a beautiful thing, what’s this? said Lt. Fernandez.

That’s when the smart cop found one bomb in the book bag and another strapped on him.

“The guy who was getting off the train just didn't, the thing was he still had stuff that he shouldn't have had,” said the lieutenant.

Book bags were supposed to be kept in another area, which tipped off the Lieutenant.

The smart officer then made sure he had control of the man’s hands.

He didn’t detonate the bomb in the book bag or on him.
“We wanted to get him in custody and make sure we see his hands and control his hands so he can't set off any kind of device,” said Lt. Fernandez. “So he wouldn't run, he couldn't get under the train, couldn't threaten anybody, grab anybody as hostage. So if he is on the ground we are controlling him that way.”

The training allowed officers to question the man on the spot.

“I'm glad he didn't get to hurt anybody else, even if it was going to be a simulated thing,” says Lt. Fernandez.

In another scenario, as paramedics worked on victims and transported them to Intermountain Medical Center, another bomber was able to take control over two medics. SWAT and bomb squads rushed to the area across town to apprehend the suspect while deactivating the bombs.

Lieutenant Alex Blauer with the Utah Transit Authority said, “It is a different world and different times that we are living in and you need to train as realistic as possible and be ready for those kinds of things.”

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