Local experts offer training to help alleviate the threats of improved explosives


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 4/22/2013 9:13 am Published: 4/19/2013 11:26 pm


Local experts in Green Country are trained to help law enforcement and first responders on how to alleviate the threats of improvised explosives.

The Center for Improvised Explosives Research and Training, or IMPEX, is part of the OSU School of Forensic Sciences in Tulsa.

The Director of Training for IMPEX, John Frucci, is an explosives certified bomb tech through the FBI.

“We try to teach others on how these improvised explosives are made, how they work and how we can defeat them,” said Frucci.

Frucci reiterated to FOX23 that training is paramount when it comes to alleviating the threats of an IED.

“At IMPEX we are trying to stay ahead of the bad guys,” said Frucci.

Dr. Jarrad Wagner is another leader on the IMPEX team, serving as a forensic chemist and director of research.

He explained to FOX23 reporter Brittany Jeffers that an IED investigation can be very complex and intricate. He says collecting evidence is a key part of the investigation in any case, including the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

“They are all working together to document, document, document,” said Dr. Wagner, “Later when they go to trial with the information they will be able to say exactly where it happened, a timeline of when it was placed, when it detonated, how it functioned and how it was made.”

Both of the professionals said that preparation for these kinds of emergencies is crucial.

“Especially after Boston,” said Dr. Wagner, “That was just an exclamation of why it is so necessary.”

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