A deputy serving on the agency's Hazardous Device Team can't afford to have a bad day. These are the people who respond to reports of suspicious, potentially explosive devices in Orange County. They are highly trained, have nerves of steel, and can not afford to make a mistake.
During 2011 the agency's bomb squad responded to 129 calls for service. Twenty five of the calls were for live explosive devices and 31 suspicious devices. But responding to and rendering safe live or suspcious devices and packages is just part of what they do.
They are regulary called on to do bomb sweeps prior to major area sporting events to include the Daytona 500 and often support the United States Secret Service on dignitary protection details (37) to include presidential candidates that campaign in Orange County, an important Florida election corridor.
Members of the unit are highly trained in all aspects in the detection, identification of and safe disposal of explosive devices from the crudest of pipe bombs to sophisticated devices. They are supported by the agency's K-9 Squad who had dogs trained in the detection of hidden explosives.