First Responder Critical

Incident Guide

August Vernon

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First Responder Critical Incident Guide identifies key functions that are essential for first responders (Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Special Teams, Military, etc.) during the first 10–30 minutes of a “critical incident”. It addresses recognition, identification and response issues that first responders must deal with prior to the arrival of those with specialized training and equipment.



• Bottle Bombs

• Improvised Explosive Devices

• Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED)

• Continued IED Threat / Attack

• Suspicious Letter / Package Indicators

• Suspicious Powders / Substances Indicators and Response

• Clandestine Drug Labs

• Indoor Marijuana Grow Operations

• Civil Unrest Planning and Response

• Mass Shooting / Active Shooter

• Fire/EMS Scene Safety at Scenes of Violence

• Suicide Bomber

• Bomb Threats

• Explosives Post-Blast Response


(2009) Red Hat Publishing, 36 pp.

ISBN 1-932235-23-X

AUGUST VERNON is currently an Assistant Coordinator for a county Office of Emergency Management. August returned to his position at Emergency Management after a year in Iraq as a security contractor conducting long-range convoy security operations involved in several IED and combative engagements. Vernon has been employed in emergency management since 2000, a former member of the fire service and a fire service instructor. His experience as an Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialist for four years, as well as his background in Emergency Management, the Fire Service, and a year’s service in Iraq conducting operations make this document creditable.

Mr. Vernon teaches courses in Incident Management, Emergency Management, HazMat Operations,Terrorism/WMD planning-response and OPSEC for Public Safety. He is a member of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) WMD/Terrorism Committee. August conducts public safety training at the local, regional, state and federal levels. Has served as technical reviewer for the development of four different training films produced by the Emergency Film Group. Has also written over 20 nationally published articles.



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