Ashland Bomb Squad Warns Students On Dangers Of Bomb Threats

  • 2/28/2018 2:56:09 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - The Ashland County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responds to multiple counties all across Ohio to ensure safety during critical scenarios. 

Due to the recent bomb threats to local area schools, the bomb squad has been dispatched only to find out that the threat was fake or was a prank. 

"I'm not sure what these individual's intentions are behind it." Deputy Tim Whalen, Bomb Squad Commander, said. "But by law, what they are doing is creating and inducing a panic situation."

The Ohio Revised Code states that inducing panic in a school counts as an F2 Felony. 

"These individuals that may not want to be in school, whatever the case may be, by doing this as a simple prank are actually committing a felony," Whalen said. "They can potentially go to prison for this."

Deputy Whalen also states that not only are students, teachers, law enforcement, and community lives are put in danger, but valuable resources from the Sheriff's Office are being tied up by a fake threat when it could be used to combat real serious situations. 

The six-member squad is on call 24/7 and handles an average of 30 calls per year. These calls include responding to Bomb Threats, military ordinance, Improvised Explosive devices, Improvided Incendiary devices, commercial explosives and hazardous chemicals that are explosive in nature. 

In addition, the squad provides training for law enforcement and fire agencies, as well as hospitals, schools, and private businesses. 

Training to be a part of the Bomb Squad is an extensive process. Schooling is provided by the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, and other state and federal agencies. Training is done frequently to ensure members are up to date on the latest procedures. 

The squad responded to a total of 211 calls between 2007-2015. 

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