Oklahoma’s bomb squads face increased challenges.

Stress is part of the job for Oklahoma City police…

Stress is part of the job for Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Randy Castle.

After all, blowing something up can be a stressful exercise. Blowing something up that can blow you up kicks the anxiety to a whole new level.
It’s all part of the job description for the state’s bomb technicians.

Castle, an 18-year veteran, is the only full-time Oklahoma City bomb squad technician.

“I’ve always tinkered with things, taken them apart and put them back together. But not really explosives,” Castle said.

Castle joined the bomb squad in 2002.

The other nine bomb techs have other full-time duties, bringing decades of experience — ranging from homicide and narcotics investigations to patrol — to the squad.

At least two Oklahoma City bomb squad officers are on-call around the clock.

Depending on the type of call, the FBI also may be notified, especially if a highway or large building is threatened.

Of the seven bomb squads in the state, five are in the metro area: Edmond, Midwest City, Norman, and Oklahoma City police departments all have one, as well as the Oklahoma County sheriff’s office. The remaining two in the state are operated by the Tulsa Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

“We rely on this network of highly trained, highly professional bomb techs out there to get everything accomplished,” FBI Special Agent Barry Black said.
The FBI also has the ability to bring in more specialized tools if necessary, Black said.

Source: Matt Dinger for News OK.

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