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Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Hazardous Devices School

The August 2006 issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin highlights the Hazardous Devices School or HDS. The HDS is a joint effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Army. Significantly, it is the only civilian school to train and certify civilian public safety bomb squads and technicians.

The HDS was created out of need. It's history is briefly described in the article. There is one very disappointing omission from the article: It fails to acknowledge the huge contribution of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) in forming both the HDS and the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board. Since there has been an HDS, there has been IABTI.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recognize the professional and selfless efforts of every bomb technician in developing this school and their efforts to develop programs nation-wide....however I do believe their tactics, tools, techniques, and procedures are out-dated. New threats have presented themselves and innovative training is needed to maintain the advantage and improve preparedness. Few teams are prepared to confront an active gunmen and IED's simultaneously. - James D.

4:15 PM, November 10, 2008  

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