Twin Falls Bomb Squad One Of Four FBI Accredited Squads In The State


By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The bomb squad trains every year to keep their accreditation with the FBI. The bombings in Boston left images in everyone's minds of what explosives can do. That's why the Twin Falls Bomb Squad is careful when they investigate suspicious packages.

"Our goal is to stay as far away from any device as possible," said Sgt. Ryan Howe with the Twin Falls Bomb Squad.

They utilize two robots and x–ray equipment.

"So if the robot goes down there and gets hurt, we can fix it. If one of us or somebody else, a citizen or another office gets close to the package or the item, they usually can't get fixed up quite as easily as a robot," said Sgt. Ryan Howe.

Because the bomb squad is one of only four in the state, they are knowledgeable about areas across Southern Idaho.

"Sometimes a sheriff or even an office can call us and we will respond and assess the situation and decide if we need to get involved. It can go that way or it can go through the statecomm and we can respond quite a long distance through the statecomm they get a lot of other agencies involved that may be needed for the incident," said Sgt. Ryan Howe.

"We've had some, find explosives quite often, people find explosives. They find abandoned explosives or some items that have been made into bombs. That's typically what we respond to," said Sgt. Ryan Howe.

But after seeing what happened in Boston, the city of Twin Falls wants to remind everyone that it's better to be safe rather than sorry.

"We want people to be aware of what is going on in the community and what's around them. We also want them to let us know if they do see something suspicious. Obviously we have the personnel and the training and the equipment to handle any type of situation. Even if the situation may not seem outright dangerous, we want people to be cautious," said Josh Palmer, Public Information Officer with the City of Twin Falls.

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