Inside the World of the Midland Bomb Squad 4/11/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
April 11, 2013
Midland - Whether it's a suspicious package or a bomb threat, the Midland Police Department's Bomb Squad stick their necks out when the job calls for it.
The most recent incident happened early this month as crews were called to a suspicious package found at Midland Park Mall.
By using tools such as a robot and x-rays, the bomb squad was able to confirm that the package did not contain explosives and there was no threat to the public.
Today CBS 7 met up with the Midland Police Bomb Squad for an inside look at what they do to preserve the life of the public.
Anytime a suspicious package or a bomb threat is issued, the Midland Bomb Squad is on scene working to diffuse the situation.
"Our decisions are made for life first, property second," Sgt. Brian Rackow said.
Today we got a first hand look at what it takes to be on this team.
CBS 7 participated in a training exercise all members must complete. Put on the 80-pound bomb suit and take an x-ray of a suspicious package a football field away.
It's exactly what the team does when they're called out.
"It could be just recovering explosives or just getting called out on found materials," Sgt. Rackow said.
The robot was even sent in to get a look at it. The team then showed us their favorite part, how they dispose of dangerous materials. The robot then blew up the box containing explosives.
The team averages about two calls a month; they treat every call the same.
"Even though we have not had an actual bombing that's hurt someone in many years, we consider every one of them an actual event until proven otherwise," Sgt. Rackow said.
It's no easy task bearing the weight of our safety on their shoulders. These guys say there's no place they'd rather be.