The Brainerd-Crow Wing Bomb Squad ensures the safety and well being of the public, along with all public safety personnel who may be first responders to an explosive related incident. The Bomb Squad's function is to provide render safe procedures and final disposition for improvised explosive devices, military ordnance, commercial explosives, and illegal fireworks.
The Brainerd-Crow Wing County Bomb Squad is a regional bomb squad that has been serving the communities of northern Minnesota since 1979. The bomb squad is comprised of 6 certified bomb technicians, staffed by the Brainerd Police Department and Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department.
To become a certified Bomb Technician each member must attend the formal explosives training administered by the FBI Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Army Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. All technicians are trained in weapons of mass destruction, advanced explosive disposal operations, and threat mitigation from various federal agencies, as well as being Haz-Mat Certified.
The increase in terrorist and domestic bombings has generated a heightened public awareness and the need for quality equipment and training to match these new and ever-changing threats. Through grants the bomb squad as been able to address these challenges by obtaining state of the art equipment.
2008 was a busy and exciting year for the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Bomb Squad. The Bomb Squad welcomed the addition of 3 new Technicians, 2 from the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department and 1 from the Brainerd Police Department. In addition, through a grant, the team received various explosives equipment and tools. The grant also funded the addition of a new Ford Bomb Truck. These additions equip the team to respond quickly and more effectively to threats towards the public safety.
The Squad also received numerous hours of specialized training as they were called upon to assist with the Republican National Convention held in Saint Paul.
In 2008 the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Bomb Technicians handled the following incidents:
27 out-of-county responses to mitigate suspicious devices.
5 in-county responses of suspicious devices.
If a suspicious item is located or suspected, immediately dial 911 and clear the area. DO not attempt to move or open the suspect item under any circumstances.