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ATF Explosives Industry Newsletter Masthead

Second
Quarter 2001 (issued September 2001)

Editor,
Gene Baker

ATF
Explosives Industry Newsletter

Vol.
01-03
August
2001

Editor:
Gene Baker


Arson
& Explosives Programs Division (AEPD)

   Division Chief - Guy K. Hummel
   Deputy Division Chief - Phil Horbert

Public
Safety Branch (PSB)

   Branch Chief - Gail Hosey Davis

Arson
& Explosives National Repository

Branch (AENRB)

   Branch Chief - William Spruce

Canine
Operations Branch (COB)

   Branch Chief - Rhonda Trahern

Explosives
Technology Branch (ETB)

   Branch Chief - Mark Murray

Violent
Offender Branch (VOB)

   Branch Chief - Phil Durham

A
Message from the Chief, Arson and Explosives Programs Division

(AEPD)

Although
the recovery and disposal of improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
garners the most media coverage, increased hazards exist to public
safety officers during the recovery and disposal of abandoned
or improperly stored commercial explosives. Injuries and death
have occurred this past year during such operations, a sad reminder
of the daily risks taken by our public safety officials. Just
as we have continually asked for industry's cooperation in working
to prevent thefts and to report them promptly to ATF, we also
ask that

industry
members promptly report information on any deteriorated explosive
materials to public safety officials and ATF.

With
regard to our responsibility as administrators of the Federal
explosives laws, ATF has available trained and experienced special
agent certified explosives specialists (SACES) and explosives
enforcement officers (EEOs) authorized to dispose of hazardous
explosives after recovering them from both land and from under
water. We have encountered instances where explosives are disposed
into bodies of water by persons hoping that the material would
not be discovered, creating a potential public safety hazard for
the recreational fisherman, boater, and swimmer. ATF provides
State and local Training (SLT) and is committed to sharing these
disposal techniques through training of State and local bomb technicians
in the Advanced Explosive Destruction Techniques course, utilizing
"lessons learned" by ATF, State, and local instructors.
ATF's Training Directorate has partnered with the Edmond (OK)
Police Department in the development of a comprehensive Underwater
EOD Recover course that allows graduates to work in black water
conditions to search for, and recover, explosive materials and
devices.

Working
together, ATF and the professionals of the explosive industry
and public safety agencies of this nation can safely mitigate
hazardous explosives situations.

Changes
in Arson and Explosives Programs Division

Gail
Hosey Davis Returns to Public Safety Branch

On
September 3, 2001, the Public Safety Branch welcomes back Gail
Hosey Davis as its new chief. Gail replaces former Branch Chief
Richard Van Loan,

     

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