Explosive Ordinance Unit
The mission of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordinance Unit is to provide final disposition after rendering safe improvised explosive devices (IED), military ordnance, commercial explosives, incendiary devices, bomb threats and illegal fireworks. The Bomb Squad is trained and equipped to detect and render safe various chemical, biological, and radiological devices. Additional responsibilities of the Explosive Ordinance Unit are post-blast investigation, recruit training, VIP protection details, SWAT/COBRA team support, and the assistance of outside agencies.
Members of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordinance Unit maintain Federal Bureau of Investigations Bomb Technician certifications as well as Haz-Mat technician level and SCUBA diver certifications. Each member has also attended a six-week Hazardous Device course at the United States Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
The Explosive Ordinance Unit is extremely well-equipped due to a high level of support from Sheriff's Office management and the aggressive use of Homeland Security grant funding. The Explosive Ordinance Unit has taken delivery of a large amount of new equipment in the past year to include a new truck, bomb suits, digital x-ray, and render-safe equipment.
The Explosive Ordinance Unit has a trained and certified canine team that can assist the Squad on calls. The canine handler, who is a certified Bomb Technician, utilizes a German Shepherd as an explosive detection dog to sweep areas that could contain hidden hazardous devices.
If you should need to speak with a Bomb Technician regarding a bomb incident or investigation, please contact the Beaufort County Communications Center at 911.