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Hazardous Devices School : The bomb threat at an Alabama strip mall was met by a robust response—bomb technicians from around the country armed with X-ray gear, robot technology, and the latest intelligence about improvised explosive devices.

The exercise, held on the training grounds of the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, was a scenario designed to inform new and experienced bomb technicians on the myriad threats they could face on the job. The school, established in 1971 and run jointly by the FBI and the U.S. Army until last September, when the FBI accepted primary responsibility, has provided training to more than 20,000 local, state, and federal first responders and bomb techs. It is the only facility in the country that trains and certifies the nation’s public safety bomb technicians.

“The Hazardous Devices School places the FBI in a unique position,” said Special Agent John Stewart, the school’s director. “Our state and local law enforcement partners depend on us to provide this training, so we have a commitment to getting it right.” Read more

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Hazardous Devices School : The bomb threat at an Alabama strip mall was met by a robust response—bomb technicians from around the country armed with X-ray gear, robot technology, and the latest intelligence about improvised explosive devices.

The exercise, held on the training grounds of the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, was a scenario designed to inform new and experienced bomb technicians on the myriad threats they could face on the job. The school, established in 1971 and run jointly by the FBI and the U.S. Army until last September, when the FBI accepted primary responsibility, has provided training to more than 20,000 local, state, and federal first responders and bomb techs. It is the only facility in the country that trains and certifies the nation’s public safety bomb technicians.

“The Hazardous Devices School places the FBI in a unique position,” said Special Agent John Stewart, the school’s director. “Our state and local law enforcement partners depend on us to provide this training, so we have a commitment to getting it right.”