The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad is the only accredited public safety bomb squad in Vermont. All team members are certified by the FBI & U.S. Army as bomb technicians. Members attend a six-week basic course of instruction at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, and are required to undergo re-certification every three years.
Members attend various additional training courses, including Hazardous Materials Response, Post-Blast Investigations and Advanced Explosive Destruction Techniques. The team employs a variety of equipment such as robots, portable X-ray devices and demolition equipment.
The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad, commanded by Lt. David Petersen, is the only accredited public safety bomb squad in the state. The team averages more than 100 responses annually, including preventative missions (such as sweeping a location before a special event) and reactive responses to explosive devices; suspicious packages; old, abandoned or unclaimed explosive material; and illegal fireworks. The team includes two explosives-detection canines.