SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) - New Mexico runners managed to escape the carnage of the bombings , but New Mexico definitely has its fingerprints on the investigation into the bombings.
Some of the investigators combing through the wreckage were trained at New Mexico tech in Socorro. NM Tech researchers will also likely play a role as the evidence is collected,
"Boston is one of the cities that pays a lot of attention to having its people trained and ready," said Dr. Van Romero, VP of Research for NMT.
NM Teach has trained 15,000 first responders in the state of Massachusetts,1,500 were from Boston.
Romero says the training Boston's first responders received at NMT explosives camps included a scenario close to the attacks at the Marathon.
The goal of the training is to prevent an attack from ever occuring, but they're trained with how to respond when they do.
"It really is disheartening to us to see this happen. We want to make our first responders so good at what they're doing that it stops people from even trying this," Dr. Romero said. "But when they succeed, at least we're confident that the people who have trained know what to do."
Researchers at NM Tech will now be taking their expertise and applying it to what happened yesterday - analyzing physical evidence and using computer models to help zero in on the bomber.
"The problem is, in order for the government to be successful, they have to catch 100 percent. For a terrorist to be successful, only one of them has to succeed," Dr. Romerosaid. "Every once and a while, one gets through the network. This looks like it might be the case."
NM Tech will likely be called in once investigators have developed a theory of exactly how explosives were used at the scene. Those researchers will then test that theory to help investigators.
New Mexico Tech also helped investigators after the first World Trade Center attack and in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.
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