Drivers Letters: Hazmat Security
12 Washington Street
Lynn, MA 01904-3306
Dear Professional Driver,
How has your hazardous materials security awareness been? Would you say you have become complacent? Chances are you, as well as the majority of professional drivers, have placed hazmat security on the back burner of your mind. Why? You can contribute this complacency to the simple fact that there has not been a terrorist attack involving a commercial motor vehicle for the past several years. Is it time we forget our training on hazmat security until the next attack occurs? Absolutely not!
Let’s review how J&S Transport vehicles can be used as a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD). After conducting a qualitative risk analysis, J&S Transport is most vulnerable in two (2) specific areas:
Hijacking – Terrorists will hijack our loaded tankers for a suicide attack at a specific target area, maximizing destruction to our infrastructure. Terrorists may want to hijack the loaded vehicle to sell the product on the black market for cash to support their illicit activities. If our tankers are empty they may hijack the unit for the purpose of using the vehicle for other terrorist activities.
Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) – Simply stated, the driver is not aware an IED was placed on his transport vehicle by a terrorist. This device will be electronically detonated when our loaded unit approaches a designated target. How many potential targets can you think of in the Boston Metro area?
These areas of vulnerability are solely controlled by you, the Professional Driver. You must be aware of your surroundings at all times. Conduct good Pre and Post Trip Inspections. Constantly make walk-a-rounds of your transport vehicle, especially after loading to look for suspicious “additions” on your unit. Report observed suspicious activities to Dispatch.
I have included a depiction of a cut away van trailer that is capable of producing and distributing biological agents among the civilian populace. Also, I provided you a chart with the Safe Standoff Distance when an IED is detonated. A gasoline tanker is 7,000 feet. A mile consists of 5280 feet!