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The drum : the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services magazine



The drum : the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services magazine


Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services


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Left to right First Class Constable Walter Todd and First Class Constable Troy Cramp, receive Letters of Commendation from Deputy Commissioner, Mr Bruce Wernham 6 | The DRUM Magazine | August 2009 Territory Response Section (TRS) members conducted a training exercise in early May, which ended in cars and vans being destroyed and left one media liaison officer speechless. Police from every jurisdiction, several TRS members and Defence Force personnel attended the secret location in the outer Darwin area to conduct explosives training. The Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) exercise was funded by the National Counter Terrorism Committee (NCTC) and was conducted to develop methods for countering homemade explosives located in vehicles. Apparently it is common practice to use explosives to force building doors, walls and windows open in certain situations. The whole exercise took six months to organise and was over in a matter of hours as police mounted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to the vehicles, stepped back, counted down and pressed Go! In the end, four sedans and a van were the victims of the training exercise. Senior Sergeant Peter Schiller, Officerin-Charge of the Territory Response Section, said that it was a great opportunity to practice specific skills. The boys worked extremely hard to organise the event and gained a lot of valuable experience out of the exercise. Lessons learnt during these activities may one day need to be applied in the counter terrorism environment. Safety is our top priority in situations like these and every precaution was taken to ensure a safe yet realistic exercise for everyone involved he said. 3, 2, 1, Blow! TRS explosives training utilising IEDs to open car doors. While chasing smoke, being engulfed in flames and rising to the occasion is often considered a fire-fighter stereotype, it was NT Police Force members that saved the day. Last October, Constable First Class, Troy Cramp and Constable Walter Todd observed smoke coming from the Francis Bay Mooring Basin and, upon arrival witnessed a seven metre vessel Matoza Lady engulfed in flames. They quickly located a nearby fire hose and were able to extinguish the flames. Deputy Commissioner Wernham said the members acted with great personal risk to themselves and undoubtedly prevented loss of major property. First Class Constable Cramp and Constable Todds swift response and decisive action in dangerous circumstances, undoubtedly prevented a major loss of property and it is for their commitment to duty that they are most deserving of recognition, he said. Both members were presented with a letter of Commendation by Deputy Commissioner, Mr Bruce Wernham at an Executive Meeting in July 2009. Police On Fire