GFD implements new SOPs following Agat fake bomb incident

Guam Fire Department (PNC file photo)

Guam – An innocent action on the dumpster diver’s part turned explosive when he fished out what appeared to be a bomb at Agat Marina earlier this year. In response to the incident, the Guam Fire Department said they are implementing new procedures to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future

Dan Stone, GFD Chief, said the device in question was actually utilized in a training evolution awhile back it was then used as a gag gift at a private Christmas party as a result of that obviously as you already stated I instituted a new policy.”

While the bomb turned out to be fake and nothing more than a training device, the discovery did blow a hole in the fire department’s handling and disposal procedures.

Stone said that this prompted the department to review their operating procedures and make the necessary changes to ensure the incident does not happen again.

The changes include the proper handling and disposal of any of GFD training aides as well as ensuring that each training device is conspicuously mark it so that there is no doubt whether or not it is a training aide.

“If it does not have any future application then yes it will be properly disposed of if we have to dismantle destroy or whatever the case will be that’s what will happen. However if its something we can utilize in our inventory it will be properly cataloged in inventory and will be accounted for,” Stone.

Stone said, “GFD’s internal investigation shows that the device was disposed of in a plastic trash bag and placed in the dumpster but was fished out of the garbage can by a dumpster diver who knew the device was fake. But the experience was not all negative.”

Stone added, “You could not have asked for a more text book response. Two of the firefighters that actually made the discovery – they did exactly how they were trained. Then all of the proper notifications were made and then all the response coming together and the collaboration at the event was definitely text book.”

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.