Security Management, December 2001
Reviews Column

Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals CD-ROM, version 2.0

By Brent Lawrence, CPP

After September 11, practically every security professional is concerned about terrorism and bombings. That makes the release of the second version of this CD-ROM well timed. Better yet, author Craig Gundry has eliminated the flaws from the first version and added valuable new material and functionality.

The CD-ROM, consisting of ten lessons covering an array of topics, incorporates interactive exercises to test one's ability in applying security principles. It is a fine resource from which to develop policy and procedures. It can also serve as a training module and reference guide. As a source for policy and procedures, the CD-ROM provides a comprehensive overview of the threats security professionals might encounter. The amount of information that has been compiled in a useful format is unparalleled. Many of the lessons are broken down into steps to assist in developing policies and procedures in countermeasures, searches, evacuation protocols, and post-blast procedures.

As a training tool, the CD-ROM offers 10 modules to train officers on comprehensive searches, security measures, assistance to building occupants, and other topics. The disk does not purport to be a technical guide to disarming bombs, but rather a guide on what to look for in identifying and responding to bomb incidents. Each lesson lasts from one to two hours and concludes with a review quiz of 10 questions.

As a reference guide, the product is unmatched. If a reference isn't mentioned in this CD, it probably can't be found. A dedicated section on references includes equipment manufacturers, evacuation tables, detection systems, threat groups, and ATBLAST (a blast-effects prediction tool), among many others. Internet links point the user to still more information.

The effort put into this CD is evident. The graphics and presentations are impressive, and Gundry undoubtably took the project extremely seriously. A test of all the links incorporated into the CD turned up only one glitch: the link from a test that encompasses the entire set of lessons did not call up the answer key it was supposed to. A call to the company got the answers. Overall, this is a product that security managers will likely refer to time and again. It is highly recommended.


Reviewer: Brent J. Lawrence, CPP, is the chief administrator of the Ohio Regional Baliff/Court Officer Training for the Supreme Court of Ohio, for which he is responsible for bomb countermeasures and prevention. He is also a consultant with Direct justice of Columbus, Ohio, and a memeber of ASIS.

 

 

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