DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Twice a month, the Dothan Bomb Squad undergoes extensive training to prepare the team for bomb situations
“We actually do live devices out here and as far as deal with you know hazardous devices and how to disrupt the hazardous device to make it safe,” Dothan Bomb Squad Commander Joey Evans said.
Evans has been on the bomb team for 17 years. He told WDHN there are only 3,500 certified bomb techs in the nation and they all train at the FBI Hazardous Devices School located in Huntsville.
“It will be our team that would handle any kind of hazardous device in this area,” Evans said. “We respond to 10 counties in southeast Alabama.”
One piece of equipment the squad uses is called the EOD-9 suit. It protects the wearer from the shock wave of a blast from an explosive device.
The suit weighs 80 pounds when dry and officers oftentimes must wear it while training.
“One of our guys will get into the suit, and they’ll go down range and treat it like a real scenario,” Dothan Police Department Officer Kevin Moore said. “A lot of our training is either getting the guy who’s supposed to be going to the schoolhouse next ready to go, so he’s used to the suit, or it’ll be you know teaching new guys tricks of the trade.”