FBI hosts chemical industry & explosives outreach trainingWritten by Rebecca Elmore
Guam – Next week, the FBI will host the National Improvised Explosives Familiarization & Chemical Industry Outreach Workshop for the first time here on Guam.
Special agent, John Kowatch, told Rotarians of Northern Guam that the initiative is a rare opportunity for the public to learn advanced, hands-on training from the FBI. The three day event is designed to give FBI special agent bomb technicians hands-on understanding of the hazards posed by improvised explosives.
“We have a chemical industry outreach workshop. We have people coming in from Quantico, Virginia Huntsville, Alabama and Honoluulu to do a chemical countermeasure and an educational workshop, to teach people about the dangers of some of the chemicals that could be used for toxic industrial chemicals or explosive pre-cursors,” Kowatch said.
It’s a national initiative, that’s been offered in the mainland for the last 10-15 years, but because this is the first time it will be offered on Guam, there are a limited number of seats available per exercise.
“One of the main features is to educate the public on how to be aware of some of these dangers posed by biological incidents, explosives, and radiation or nuclear. So, part of that outreach is to educate people to be our eyes and ears for the FBI so we can be aware of things when they start early in infancy and then prevent things from occurring,” he shared.
The training will start on Tuesday and will focus on bomb technicians early in the week. On Friday, the focus will be the chemical industry outreach.