The City of Cedar Rapids currently has 7 certified bomb technicians assigned to the squad. Five are Cedar Rapids Police officers and two are Cedar Rapids Fire Department personnel. All members have attended Hazardous Devices School for 6 weeks of training. The school is operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security. This school is stationed in Huntsville, Alabama at Red Stone Arsenal military base. Each bomb technician is required to re-certify at Red Stone Arsenal every 3 years for a week-long course.
The Police Department is currently certified as a type 2 Bomb squad and a member of the statewide Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) response team. The squad trains twice a month (16 hours total) that consist of one 8- hour training day in cooperation with the Linn County Sheriff's Office and Marion Police Department bomb squads.
The bomb squad is responsible for responding to all situations involving explosive devices or the possibility that a hazardous situation may be present that could involve volatile substance.
The squad also assists the United States Secret Service when dignitaries visit the city.
Sergeant Dan Jabens