Fresno Police Department
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD)
The mission of the Fresno Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit is to safely protect the citizens of Fresno from any type of hazardous device that could be harmful to the community. The EOD Unit is dedicated to training and maintaining safe, professional, well-equipped explosive ordnance technicians.
The Fresno Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD) was created in 1974, and has had a long-distinguished history, rising from the inspiration of a few unique individuals who were determined to establish a bomb squad to meet the needs of a growing city. From handmade tools and perseverance, a modern, accredited squad with state-of-the-art equipment has emerged.
After completing the reorganization and expansion of the Unit from two to six technicians in 1999, an explosives bunker with bank-like security was constructed and dedicated. Advanced preparation paid off, and the Unit was able to assist during the tragedy of September 11, 2001, going full time as the City’s first Anti-Terrorism Unit. Approximately one year later, with Homeland Security matters developed, the members of the Unit returned to their primary duties: remaining on-call to handle a myriad of hazardous devices.
Some of the Unit’s most recent advancements include a new, technologically advanced robot, increased detection and disruption capabilities, and a state-of-the-art total containment vehicle. The Unit has taken on roles never envisioned, with the threat of biological, chemical, and radiological improvised devices in our future. Homicide bombers, large vehicle-borne bombs, international airport safety, target hardening, dignitary protection, hazardous materials, and education are just a few disciplines that require technicians to train constantly and remain ever-vigilant.
The Fresno Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit remains focused to face the challenges of a world thrown into uncertainty with the ever-present threat of terrorism.
EOD Duties and Responsibilities
The Fresno Police Department’s EOD Team has many duties and responsibilities to help ensure the citizens of Fresno, as well as the Federal, State and local officers who serve the community, are safe from potential hazards. Below is a small example of what EOD Team Members are responsible for on a daily basis:
- Render safe and/or remove or mitigate suspected hazardous devices to include: weapons of mass destruction, CBRN devices (chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear), explosives, explosive chemicals, pyrotechnics and ammunition (50 caliber and above).
- Provide for proper and safe transportation, disposal and/or storage of explosives and other items as referred to above.
- Conduct post-blast crime scene investigation, collect and preserve evidence.
- Prepare and provide courtroom testimony.
- Provide technical support for special operations, including dignitary protection.
- Prepare and participate in explosive awareness education for the public (i.e. schools, churches, hospitals, etc.).
- Assist in the development of agency emergency response plans for bomb threats, actual improvised devices, and bomb crime scenes.
- Assist in the development of bomb threat awareness and safety programs for public and private organizations.
- Provide SWAT support for explosive entries, booby trapped locations, technical support, and use of robot for searching purposes.
- Assist the explosive detection K-9 handler with the use and training of the bomb dog.
- Conduct threat assessments on City, Police Department, and private facilities when requested to do so.