Training at the Hazardous Devices School

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MBTA Police bomb tech Steve Coveno assesses a “hostage” who has mock explosives attached to him during a training exercise.
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Bomb techs must train on all levels of improvised explosive devices to stay current on trends.
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MBTA Police Officer Steve Coveno and Mass State Trooper Jimmy Higgins strategize on how best to handle a mock pressure cooker bomb they’ve found inside a train station for a training exercise.
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NBC10 Boston investigative reporter Ally Donnelly gets a feel for a bomb suit – 80 pounds of Kevlar and armor plates.
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NBC10 Boston investigative reporter Ally Donnelly gets a feel for a bomb suit – 80 pounds of Kevlar and armor plates.
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There are more than a dozen training villages throughout the school – a church, movie theater, liquor store and town hall among them.
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There are more than a dozen training villages throughout the school – a church, movie theater, liquor store and town hall among them.
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There are more than a dozen training villages throughout the school – a church, movie theater, liquor store and town hall among them.
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There are more than a dozen training villages throughout the school – a church, movie theater, liquor store and town hall among them.
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Explosives specialists make thousands of mock devices in the “Bomb Shop” at the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School.
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The FBI specialists stress the mock explosives must be as realistic as possible to test the bomb techs skills and teach them in real-world scenarios.
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The FBI specialists stress the mock explosives must be as realistic as possible to test the bomb techs skills and teach them in real-world scenarios.
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Every local bomb tech in the country must be certified and recertified at the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School.
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Bomb techs train to not only disable bombs with a counter charge – a small number of explosives – but to preserve the evidence whenever possible.
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Training scenarios are designed to stress students so they will stay calm in real situations. Here deceased and living victims present challenges for techs.
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