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City of Midland, TX
Friday April 1st, 2011 :: 07:30 a.m. CDT

MPD Bomb Squad Receives Re-Accreditation from the FBI

The Midland Police Department Bomb Squad has received re-accreditation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The squad is one of the approximately 470 nationally accredited public safety bomb squads in the United States and one of 27 in the State of Texas.

The accreditation is provided by the FBI’s Hazardous Device Operations Center (HDOC). This unit provides the training and oversight for all of the accredited bomb squads in the United States. HDOC funds the training and certifies all bomb technical intelligence sharing and provides equipment and resources to local jurisdictions to enhance their capability to respond to bombing incidents and terrorist threats involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The MPD bomb technicians are nationally certified to standards promulgated by the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board (NBSCAB) and are thereafter certified by the FBI. All bomb technicians are required to re-certify every three years. The bomb squad accreditation is valid for a period of five years and verifies that bomb squad safety equipment are in their equipment inventory and that there are certified technicians available for bomb response.

MPD Bomb Squad has three bomb technicians; Sergeant Rackow, Officer Hale and Officer Ramirez. Sergeant Rackow and Officer Ramirez are up for recertification this year. The FBI Special Agent Bomb Techs checked off on both applications. Sergeant Rackow was given specific tasks that the Hazardous Devices School Director wanted checked to see if he was capable of doing basic skills with the prosthetics, from his injury on June 24, 2010.

City of Midland, TX
300 North Loraine Street
Midland, TX 79701

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 432-685-7100

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