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What We Do:

The Kern County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad is responsible for rendering safe suspected or actual explosive devices, and the safe disposal of deteriorated explosives, military ordnance, and improvised or illegal fireworks.  Other duties include post-blast investigations, providing educational presentations for business and government, and academy and in-service training for deputy sheriffs.  The Bomb Squad responds to 30-50 callouts per year.

The Bomb Squad accomplishes its mission through hundreds of hours of training, and the use of sophisticated equipment.  Training courses for Bomb Technicians include:

  • Six-week FBI Hazardous Devices School (HDS), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
  • Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat) for Bomb Technicians
  • Basic Post Blast Investigation
  • Advanced Post Blast Investigation (Large Vehicle Bomb Post Blast)
  • Large Vehicle Bomb Countermeasures Course
  • ATF Advanced Explosives Destruction Techniques Course
  • Domestic and International Terrorism
  • Annual international and regional training conferences

Every three years, each Bomb Technician returns to Redstone Arsenal for recertification.

Through their membership with the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), bomb technicians maintain a close working relationship and share information with other bomb technicians from approximately 60 countries throughout the world. 

Bomb Technicians are required to be knowledgeable in explosives theory and electronics, detail oriented, calm under pressure, and have tons of common sense.