The Columbia Police Bomb Squad is an accredited public safety bomb squad in South Carolina and all team members are certified by the FBI & US Army as Bomb Technicians. Members attend a six-week basic course of instruction at the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama and are required to undergo re-certification every three years. Members attend various additional training courses, to include Hazardous Materials Response, Post- Blast Investigations and Advanced Explosive Destruction techniques. The team utilizes a variety of equipment to include robots, portable x-ray equipment, and demolition equipment. The team averages 80 plus calls per year, including responses to: improvised explosives and explosive devices; old, abandoned, or unclaimed explosives; and illegal fireworks. The team includes two explosives detection canines which are deployed pursuant to specific requirements for Dignitary protection, security sweeps and searches.
The team functions and is guided by procedures and protocols. Further guidance is established by FBI/HDS, ATF, NTOA and IABTI guidelines.