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Thefts Stir New Fears

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, firefighters and emergency workers have been trained to scan fire or accident scenes to look for suspicious people or packages, fearing that terrorists might try to make firefighters secondary targets after an attack. But what if the terrorists were dressed like firefighters, in flame-retardant coats with flashlights and two-way radios, their faces concealed by masks connected to air packs? How would the firefighters distinguish them? That scenario has taken tangible new meaning for Connecticut firefighters since air packs, oxygen tanks, fire coats and flashlights were stolen from several eastern Connecticut fire departments in the past two months, most recently from a fire station in Coventry. The concern was heightened late Wednesday when the FBI issued a new alert saying that intelligence overseas has indicated that firefighters and EMS workers could become targets after an initial attack. Full Story

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