Bomb Squad Recognized by KY Homeland Security
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has recently recognized the Paducah bomb squad. (Do you think that you have a tough job?)

The Paducah Bomb Squad, founded in 1982, is one of five public safety bomb squads in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Serving 13 counties in Western Kentucky, the squad consists of four certified of bomb technicians and one specially trained paramedic. Responding to various types of hazardous device incidents such as suspected explosives, suspicious packages, hazardous chemicals, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and recovering military ordnance, the squad is always ready and prepared to serve with excellence in Kentucky.

When people see that they are part of the bomb squad, they often say, “don’t cut the red wire!” Of course, bomb squad work is far more complex than merely determining if a single wire will disable an explosive. Dangers in this field are constantly evolving. As technology improves, so must the squad’s skill set and training to stay a step of head of emerging threats. As the availability of online information becomes more prevalent, homemade improvised explosive devices provide serious threats to bomb technicians.

Upon request, the squad additionally provides training to law enforcement and first responders for explosives awareness and response to hazardous devices

“Many use the word hero often during recent times, these guys are no doubt the real deal simply based on their chosen profession, absolute amazing public servants. We are incredibly grateful for the hard work and bravery the Paducah Bomb Squad and the other four squads provide the Commonwealth,” said KOHS Executive Director John Holiday. “Their team faces some of the most daunting situations imaginable to improve the safety and security of Kentuckians and those in surrounding states.”

If you see anything suspicious please call The Paducah Police Department at 1-(270) 444-8513 or report it to the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center Suspicious Activity Hotline at 1-866-EYE-ON-KY (393-6659).

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Published 12:51 AM, Sunday Jan. 06, 2019
Updated 08:59 AM, Monday Jan. 07, 2019

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