terrorismIFE Mid-Western branch presents: Fire-fighter Safety in Buildings Part 6 Terrorism
Monday 30th September 2013

09 30: Richard Hartley, Ex 11EOD Regiment, Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service
Improvised explosives devices – ‘homemade’ explosives, HMTD, TATP & the 7 7 & 21 7 bomb factories, including risks to the emergency services. 

11 00: Roy Bishop, Ex Deputy Commissioner, The London Fire Brigade & Past IFE International President
Case Study – The 7 7 London Bombings, Strategic implications of ‘no notice’ acts of terrorism with some personal reflections of 7 7. 

13 30: Vicky Ibrahim, Mother & Retired University Administrator
Presents a moving, personal account of her sons radicalisation, subsequent involvement with IED manufacture & plot to bomb a Bristol shopping center. 

14 30: Peter Cowup – Deputy Assistant Commissioner, The London Fire Brigade
Case study – The 7 7 London Bombings – The Kings Cross to Russell Square Attack
at Severn Park Training Centre, Smoke Lane, Avonmouth, BS11 0YA

On the 7th July 2005, 4 Islamist ‘home grown’ suicide bombers detonated improvised explosive devices on 3 London underground trains and a double decker bus killing themselves and 52 civilians. 700 more were injured. This was the first suicide attack in the United Kingdom (UK).

On the 21st July 2005, exactly 2 weeks later, 4 further Islamist suicide bombers attempted to detonate similar explosive devices, again on 3 London underground trains and a bus. The explosives failed to detonate fully, saving potentially scores of people. A further, 5th bomber dumped his device without attempting to set it off. The bombers were eventually all caught.

The explosives were homemade and based on Organic Peroxides, made from, at the time, easily purchased materials.

Terrorism is not new in the UK, from the gunpowder plot in 1605, Irish related, animal rights related and other domestic related acts, persons acting alone, to more recently Islamist related terrorism, the end results are similar – to cause widespread disruption, fear and intimidation and of course casualties. What is new is the suicidal intent of some of the more recent incidents.

The management of Terrorist incidents is complex and can often stretch Emergency Services to their limits.

Speakers include:

Richard Hartley - Rick, from Oxfordshire FRS, presents a discussion on improvised explosive devices which will include: basic make up, types of firing switches and main charges used. It will also include a case study in which he discusses where the terrorists made and tested the explosives used in 7 7 London Bombings. There is discussion about emergency services potentially turning up to a house, which is actually a ‘bomb making’ factory. It also touches on organic peroxides and their characteristics. Rick joined the Army in 1993, serving as a Royal Signals operator for 5 years. He was an Electronic Counter Measures Operator. He spent the last 11 years of his military career as an Ammunition Technician, or in plain language Bomb Disposal, Operator working with 11EOD Regiment. During his career he served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan leaving the Army to join the Fire and Rescue Service in 2009.

Roy Bishop - Roy has been a member of the IFE for over thirty years and has been a Director and Trustee for the past three. He was a member of the London Branch of the IFE and a past branch President and he served as the Institution’s International President last year. Roy currently works as a training consultant for the design and delivery of training to fire services internationally. Prior to this Roy served for over thirty years in the London Fire Brigade and concluded his career in the fire service as Deputy Commissioner (1999-2009). This varied and challenging role entailed the responsibility for 6,500 staff and 112 fires stations, and the strategic management of LFB’s annual £250 million service delivery budget. Roy’s responsibilities covered a broad range of functions including Operations, Community Safety, Regulatory Fire Safety, Equalities, Operational Policy, Health and Safety and Command and Mobilising (Dispatch). As Deputy Commissioner Roy was the Brigade’s most senior commander at a large proportion of the major incidents which occurred across London in the previous decade. During this time (and in his previous role as Assistant Commissioner) he has attended numerous large structure fires, bomb/terrorist incidents and other major incidents. Roy has briefed at the most senior levels of central UK government and has had a leading role in advising key London politicians on fire service related issues.

Vicky Ibrahim - Vicky is a retired university administrator (medical education). She is the mother of two sons, Andrew and Peter. In 2008 Andrew was arrested and charged with various offences under the Terrorism Act. In 2009 Andrew was convicted of two such offences. She is here to talk about the circumstances leading up to Andrew’s arrest, including his conversion to Islam, the missed opportunities for intervention and, finally, an update on Andrew’s views since his incarceration.

Peter Cowup - Pete has been an operational officer for 32 years and has served in roles up to and including Deputy Assistant Commissioner. His main operational experience has been at central London fire stations and has attended a number of significant incidents including the Manor Fields gas explosion, the Docklands IRA bomb attack, 7 7 and most recently the Vauxhall helicopter crash. In his current role, Peter is responsible for the department that creates and maintains operational policy and risk assessments to support most aspects of operations such as those relating to fire-fighting and HAZMAT response. Peter also represents the London Fire Brigade in various national forums, such as those relating to USAR, national Generic Risk Assessments (GRA’s) and High Volume Pumps.