International Association of Fire Chiefs
“Model Procedures for Responding to a
Package with Suspicion of a Biological Threat”
(In cooperation with FBI Hazardous Materials Response Unit, FBI Laboratory Division)
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a model procedure for first-arriving emergency service personnel
for addressing potential bio-terror events primarily involving suspicious letters, packages or containers.
This model provides a framework for building a local protocol tailored to a specific community. It was created
to serve as a model for all types of fire departments in all types of communities. While some information
may reach beyond the typical scope of the first responder, it is outlined so that a first responder will have
knowledge of the broader process in which they may be requested or required to assist.
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