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Low
Low Risk of Terrorist Attacks 

  1. Review and update fire and rescue annexes and SOPs. 
  2. Identify required equipment; identify resources available through augmentation. 
  3. Refine and exercise pre-planned Protective Measures. 
  4. Fire fighters train to the terrorism /WMD awareness level and on the Homeland Security Advisory System. 
  5. HAZMAT train to the terrorism/ WMD operations level and on the Homeland Security Advisory System.. 
  6. Institutionalize a process to assure that all facilities and regulated sectors are regularly assessed for vulnerabilities to terrorist attacks and all reasonable measures are taken to mitigate these vulnerabilities. 
  7. Be alert for suspicious vehicles in the vicinity of your facility and for abandoned vehicles and packages. 
  8. Review local protocols for incident command and unified command as needed. 
  9. Develop procedures to improve daily information sharing with other local responders. 
  10. Develop creative methods for emergency joint communications using existing equipment. 
  11. Conduct time-efficient, inexpensive walk-through drills and tabletop exercises with all local responding agencies. 
  12. Invite other local response organizations to observe or participate in full-scale department exercises planned for the future. 
  13. Submit data required for PEIRS reports to 911 center.

Guarded
General Risk of Terrorist Attacks

Take all actions from previous level, plus:
  1. Update required equipment; update resources available through augmentation. 
  2. Fire fighters train to the terrorism /WMD operations level. 
  3. HAZMAT train to the terrorism/ WMD technician level. 
  4. Establish alternate staging locations. 
  5. Ensure emergency communication plan is updated and needed equipment is on hand/ purchased/etc. 
  6. Check communications with designated emergency response or command locations, and with 911 or designated communications control centers.. 
  7. Review and update emergency response procedures. 
  8. Provide the public with any information that would strengthen its ability to act appropriately. 
  9. Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.
  10. Increase security checks of all vehicles assigned to your department. 
  11. At regular intervals inspect the interior and exterior of your facilities for suspicious activities and packages. 
  12. Reduce or control the number of entrances to your facilities. 
  13. Submit data required for PEIRS reports to the 911 center.

Elevated
Significant Risk of Terrorist Attacks

Take all actions from previous level, plus: 
  1. Alert key personnel. 
  2. Check readiness of all fire-rescue equipment. 
  3. Correct any deficiencies in equipment and/or facilities. 
  4. Review assignments and recall list with all personnel. 
  5. Coordinate emergency plans as appropriate with local emergency management officials. 
  6. Assess whether the precise characteristics of the threat require the further refinement of preplanned Protective Measures. 
  7. Implement, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans. 
  8. Check telephone and pager numbers and email addresses in your communications plan and update as necessary. 
  9. Develop alternate routes for transit for emergency evacuation and practice them. 
  10. Increase surveillance of critical locations. 
  11. Increase security in and around firehouse.
  12. Consider moving vehicles, trash receptacles and other containers at least 50 feet from buildings. 
  13. Submit PEIRS report information to the 911 center.

High
High Risk of Terrorist Attacks

Take all actions from previous level, plus: 
  1. Alert personnel of possible emergency duty. 
  2. Place off-duty personnel on stand-by. 
  3. Alert auxiliary personnel. 
  4. Contact other key emergency response organizations to confirm their emergency response plan procedures. 
  5. Have emergency supplies on hand. shelters readied, and review procedures. 
  6. Ensure communications plan is understood/ practiced by all department members. 
  7. Review emergency plans to include continuity of operations and media materials. 
  8. Determine need to restrict access to fire department property, fire stations, and other key business facilities. 
  9. Take additional precautions at public events and possibly consider alternate venues or even cancellation. 
  10. Prepare to execute contingency procedures, such as moving to an alternate site or dispersing workforce. 
  11. Exercise caution when traveling. 
  12. Consider establishing a "buffer zone" around key facilities by limiting parking, moving trash receptacles, and increasing periodic checks.
  13. Maintain constant observation of apparatus and equipment kept outside of the station. 
  14. Submit PEIRS Report information to the 911 center.

Severe
Severe Risk of Terrorist Attacks

Take all actions from previous level, plus: 
 
  1. Recall and mobilize all fire and rescue personnel. 
  2. Conduct fire, chemical, radiological and/or biological agent suppression and rescue operations. 
  3. Maintain 24 hour operations. 
  4. Work with local community leaders, emergency management, government agencies, community organizations and utilities to meet immediate needs of the community. 
  5. Assign emergency response personnel and pre-position and mobilize specially trained teams and resources. 
  6. Be prepared to work with a smaller or dispersed work force. 
  7. Increase or redirect personnel to address critical emergency needs. 
  8. Monitor, redirect, or constrain transportation systems. 
  9. Adhere to any travel restrictions announced by local government authorities. 
  10. Contact businesses and schools to determine status of work/school day. 
  11. 100% identification check and escort of anyone entering the fire station. 
  12. Close public and government facilities if ordered to do so by proper authorities. 
  13. Ensure mental health counselors are available for firefighters. 
  14. Listen to radio/TV for current information/ instructions. 
  15. Wildland firefighting techniques may have to be applied to rural and urban fire situations, particularly where water systems are inoperative. Aerial delivery of fire retardants or water for structural protection may be essential. In the case of multiple fires, firebreaks may need to be cleared and burn-out and backfiring techniques may need to be used. 
  16. Document response activity in PennFIRS and 911 CAD. 
  17. Submit PEIRS Report information to 911 center.