DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Law enforcement agencies from around the state of Alabama and federal law enforcement agencies were asked to help with security for the World Games that wrapped on Sunday. Within those agencies, four Dothan bomb technicians got the chance to work.
“So they were needing assistance in this because it’s going to be a large tier or what we call a tier one event,” Dothan Police Sergeant Joey Evans said.
The 2022 World Games featured 30 official sports in 54 disciplines and were contested at 30 venues across the Birmingham area. It featured approximately 110 different nations from around the world participating in various events, with roughly 3,600 athletes.
The Dothan bomb techs were tasked with working at the Birmingham Crossplex.
“Basically our duties were to check all of the contestants coming in,” Sgt. Evans said. “Check all of the packages and everything to make sure we don’t have any explosives.”
Two of the bomb techs worked the first week and then the other two worked the final week of the competition.
While the techs worked their venue they also got to enjoy some of the competition.
“In our area, we had wheelchair rugby, we actually had canoe polo, and then artistic skating and lifesaving,” Sgt. Evans said. “Lot of events that you don’t usually get to see and it was really interesting to see these guys compete and give it their all.”
All of the bomb techs in the United States, including local, state, and federal agencies do some of their training at a facility in Huntsville. Over the past couple of weeks, groups of these agencies got to work together.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event and everything for us,” Sgt. Evans said. “Something that big of a scale we don’t see here.”
Sergeant Evans does say that the bomb squad working on big events such as the Peanut Festival helped them prepare for the 2022 World Games.