Defusing Dangerous Situations
The Pueblo Police Department Bomb Squad responds to situations where explosives or potentially explosive hazardous materials are either known to be or may be present. The Bomb Squad was created in 1975 and is currently one of 471 federally accredited bomb squads in the United States. In 2008, the Pueblo Metro Bomb Squad was formed allowing the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office to add 2 deputies to the squad.
All technicians on the Bomb Squad are required to have graduated from Hazardous Device School (HDS) at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The current basic certification course is 6 weeks long. Technicians are also required to attend a one week hazardous materials course at Fort McClelland, Alabama. Additionally, there are 6 certified technicians and two assistants on the Bomb Squad who are required to train 16 hours a month to maintain accreditation standards.
Improving Response Times
Through funding from the Colorado Department of Homeland Security the Bomb Squad purchased a response vehicle that will allow quicker response times to the citizens of our community and areas in Southern Colorado if a mutual aid response is requested.