ATF holds response team training at Redstone Arsenal

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives held its annual National Response Team training at Redstone Arsenal Wednesday.

The group, of more than 100 people from around the country, is responsible for responding to large scale explosions and threats.

ATF’s response team is comprised of certified investigators who have had extensive explosive and fire training. And this required refresher course puts them in real-world scenarios. 

After being divided upon an ATF explosives field several individuals, dressed in protective gear, analyzed a scene they say is more common in the United States than people think. 

"Today, they're actually processing explosive scenes or bombing scenes in vehicles," explained Seth Graybill, a supervisor on the National Response Team. "The team itself is comprised of roughly 120 members of multiple subject matter experts."

The courses are staggered so that small groups can get a hands-on experience and receive feedback from supervisors. 

Training will continue in the week ahead. 

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