Post Blast Investigations: Mass Disaster Recovery and Processing

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  • February 11, 2014

Post Blast Investigations: Mass Disaster Recovery and Processing Provides practical experience in operational procedures and training for the development of implementable policies in the aftermath of a large-scale bomb scene with casualties. This course will provide training in fundamental scene recovery protocols and spatial techniques to properly process and document a large-scale forensic scene.

Attendants will be provided with an introduction to explosives, including military, commercial, and improvised explosive devices. Lectures will range from air and post blast pathologies, structural effects of explosives on buildings and landscapes, bomb scene investigations, and incident scene operations. Guidelines will be discussed for appropriately assessing local and regional threat levels.

Protocols designed specifically for mass disaster situations were based on forensic archaeological techniques and require four steps for efficient and effective scene processing: 1) intensive and thorough line-search for and location of physical evidence, 2) collection of three-dimensional spatial data and assignment of field specimen numbers, 3) photographic documentation, and 4) physical evidence collection, preservation, and removal from the scene. Lastly, the morgue infrastructure will be detailed to expedite the post-recovery identification efforts.

The course has two different approaches, theoretical and hands-on. Participants will have two days in the classroom learning the theory behind both explosive analytics and forensic archaeological method and then two days participating in hands-on practical field exercises focusing on techniques learned in the classroom.

Course Schedule may be found by clicking here. PostBlastDocumenation&Analysis_syllabus 2

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