MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Bomb Squad is one of 12 local FBI-accredited bomb squads in New York state to receive funding to locate and prevent potential emergencies caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week the state secured $2 million in federal Homeland Security grant funding for the program.
The Governor said in addition to improved equipment and advanced training, funding will be used by local bomb squad teams to enhance and improve coordination with law enforcement organizations, including specialty teams such as tactical and explosive detection canine, and regional partners.
“The brave men and women who make up New York State’s local bomb squads train tirelessly to respond to any emergency without concern for their personal safety,” Governor Cuomo said. “These grants will help ensure our local bomb squads have the funding and resources they need to continue serving and protecting their communities, creating a safer New York for all.”
The grant requires local bomb squads are required to collaborate with other squads in the region, which is based on FBI regions, to review capabilities, identify gaps and develop spending plans for bomb squad funding.
Furthermore, squads in each region must reach consensus on their respective spending plans, which are closely coordinated with their FBI Special Agent Bomb Technician, to ensure that funds are being used in the most efficient and effective way possible.
More than $21 million in dedicated homeland security funding has been awarded to New York bomb squads over the past 13 consecutive years.