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Bomb Squad Works To Diffuse

Bentonville Group Covers 17 Northwest Arkansas Counties

Posted: December 29, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Cpl. Josh Carlson (left), Sgt. Luke Rosebaugh (right) and Cmdr. Michael Meadors help Cpl. Kerry Pippin (second from left) put on a blast suit on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, during a training exercise for the Bentonville Bomb Squad at an abandoned house in north Bentonville.

The X-rays of the bomb looked wrong.

Timeline

Bomb Squad

• 1998: Springdale creates a bomb squad after an improvised explosive device was found underwater.

• 2009: Bentonville takes over the Bomb Squad.

• 2012: The squad moves to new headquarters at the Old Armory at 801 S.W. A St., Bentonville.

• 2013: Michael Meadors becomes commander.

Source: Staff Report


By The Numbers

On Duty

• The Bentonville Bomb Squad receives on average 37 calls per year.

• The squad officers are four among 2,842 certified bomb technicians in the United States.

• The squad has three robots, with the smallest weighting 500 pounds and costing $272,200.

• The 40-foot Pierce response truck cost $409,000

Source: Bentonville Police Department


At A Glance

Public Defense

The first line of defense for keeping the community safe and preventing an improvised explosive device from exploding is the public. Residents should be aware of their surroundings and call police if they see something suspicious.

Source: Michael Meadors, Bentonville Bomb Squad Commander

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