Lesson Five: Bomb Search and Threat Response

Lesson Five explores the procedures and options for managing bomb threats, evacuations, searching facilities for explosive devices, and responding to a suspicious object.

Topics include:

Bomb Threats • Motives • Malevolent Bomb Threat Strategies • Pre-Planning Considerations • Bomb Threat Response Planning • Command and Control • Handling Threat Calls • Evaluating Bomb Threats • Establishing an Incident Command Point (ICP) • Search and Evacuation Planning • Security Team Search • Suspect Object Response

Learning Objectives

Lesson Five will provide the student with an understanding of the following topics:

• Characteristics of bomb threats
• Principles of bomb threat management
• Different strategies for conducting searches of buildings
• Facility evacuation
• Response procedures for suspicious objects
• Safety considerations for building search or suspicious object situation


Students completing Lesson Five should be capable of the following tasks:

1. Develop a facility bomb threat response plan.

2. Assess bomb threats to determine probable authenticity.

3. Search rooms for possible explosive devices.

Exercises and Quizzes

Students finishing Lesson Five should immediately complete the interactive review quiz to test their understanding and retention of the lesson’s content. If the student correctly answers fewer than eight out of ten questions, he/she should repeat the lesson before continuing with the program.

Questions 21-25 of the comprehensive test are directly extracted from Lesson Five.

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Lesson Six


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Lesson Six

The lesson description on this page is extracted from the Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals CD-ROM, v2.0.