Bomb Squads working with SWAT Teams to achieve FBI certification

Bomb Squads from around the country are in Oriskany working on getting certification through an FBI training course.

Posted: Jun 24, 2021 5:55 PM

Bomb Squads from around the Country are being put through intense training at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany. State Preparedness Training Center Deputy Director Meghan Dudley says the training is directed around situations that could happen in any community.

"They’re designed based on the current threat environment, so the FBI, our partners, they’ll look at events happening across the world, and they’ll devise skills lanes and scenarios that mimic that."

ochester Bomb Technician Sgt. Randy Potuck has spent the last 19 years in law enforcement. He says this is the most advanced training he’s ever experienced, and requires an aptitude for problem solving both physically and mentally.

"They’re having us use our skills in the worst possible environment, so under extreme stress, and you have to make the decisions in a very quick manner."

This training requires the Bomb Technicians work together with SWAT Teams. The Bomb Squad is able to deal with modern explosive based threats, so the Tactical Team can continue with their objectives. FBI Explosive Operations Specialist Tony Gonzalez explains how the 2 teams need to adapt to different approaches. 

"Tactical Team needs to slow themselves down a little bit depending what the environment is, where now the tactical bomb tech is who’s going to be their subject matter expert, to try to get them through this objective alive, has to pick up his speed and slow them down enough so he can look for dangers or hazards and then get them through it."

Illinois Bomb Technician Ed Delelio is a 23 year law enforcement veteran. He talked about the challenges of integrating the two teams together to accomplish one mission.

"This has been probably some of the best training I’ve had in my career in my 10 years I’ve been a Bomb Tech. It’s pretty intense. I mean it’s…. You know but at the same time you got to slow down and take a breath and try to get through it."

This 2 week training session ends on Friday, but the New York State Preparedness Training Center will be hosting an unmanned aerial systems summit in late July.

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