CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Training is scheduled to be conducted at Westover Air Reserve Base that will consist of small explosives this week.
According to a news release sent to 22News, the explosive ordinance disposal team will be conducting training from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, consisting of 20-30 small detonations. The training will continue throughout the week with members of the Boston FBI and Westover Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team.
The blast forensics course is a 40-hour, five-day course that provides first responders training on evidence response and recovery when conducting criminal investigations.
More than 30 students will be provided an overview of explosive devices in terrorist bombings. They will learn safety and evidence handling while recovering fragments from actual improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The post blast investigators course consists of the following topics:
- Introduction to Explosives
- Introduction to IEDs
- Large Vehicle Bomb Indicators
- Suicide Bombings
- Evidence Collection
- Bombing Investigations
- Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
- Range Demonstrations and Practical Problems
- Legal Brief
- Resource Materials
- Case/Scenario Presentation
“We’ll actually detonate all different types of explosives from commercial military to improvised explosives. Some things that we’ll make right here so they can see the difference between them, see what color the smoke is, what color the sound is,” said Special Agent Geoffrey Raby, an FBI Bomb Technician.
Training on Monday looked like it was straight out of a Hollywood movie but it comes with important lessons for investigators.
“We need to be really good at it because because we need to be able to bring the people that commit such acts to justice. I mean that’s our job right? We have to hold people accountable. And if we’re not good at collecting the evidence at the scene, then that means our adversary is better than we are and we can’t have that,” said Raby.