The City of Cedar Rapids Metro Hazardous Devices Unit currently has 10 certified bomb technicians assigned to the squad. Five are Cedar Rapids Police officers and two are Cedar Rapids Fire Department personnel. We also have members representing the Linn County Sheriff's Office and Marion Police Department. All members have attended Hazardous Devices School for seven 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 three 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 bomb squad is responsible for responding to all situations involving explosive devices or the possibility a hazardous situation may be present or could involve volatile substances.
The squad also assists the United States Secret Service when dignitaries visit the city.