Bomb squad prepares for worst case scenario

By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - You've seen it in the movies, somebody with a bomb strapped to their body. It rarely happens in real life, but bomb squads have to train for it just in case.

Thursday the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Bomb Squad worked with soldiers from the Third Infantry Division to teach them how to handle that very scenario. The bomb squad set up a real life situation. They had people pose as hostages with bombs strapped to them. Of course the bombs weren't real, but if the bomb tech made one wrong move the device would sound and an electric match would pop.  It doesn't hurt anyone, but lets them know their hostage would have been dead.

"The hardest thing for a bomb tech and the thing we really don't want to do is what they do on movies. Which wire is it? Where do we cut? That's the most advance thing we do because of that that's why we're doing the training," said police Sgt. Robert Vonloewenfelt with the Savannah Chatham Police bomb squad. "It's very rare, almost never happens, but the day it happens you want to make sure you are prepared."

Police Sgt. Vonloewenfelt says this isn't something the bomb squad deals with often so they need to know what to do. "It's hard. It's really hard and this is the place to die, instead of out there really dying," he said.

The bomb squad taught soldiers from Fort Stewarts 766th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit how to tell what wires are hot, and how to get inside a package without setting off the bomb.

This is a hand entry technique, which not a lot of us train on, so it's new to pretty much all of us. We are all young kids, new to the game but we are learning a lot today," Sgt. David Kreisher with the 766th EOD.

Police Sgt. Vonloewenfelt says it's good for agencies to work together and learn from one another.

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