The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Hazardous Devices Unit responds to calls not only in Knox County but also 15 other counties, to assist in the safe handling of any type of explosive materials. This could be anything from purposefully built improvised explosive devices to old commercial explosives needing to be disposed of, to leaking hazardous materials from facilities, trucks or train cars.
The team also has several fully equipped EOD response trucks, robots, bomb disposal buckets, x-ray units, EOD bomb suits, EOD FBI Redstone certified technicians, EMTs and support members. The team as a whole, is under the Chief Deputy of Homeland Security and the explosives component under the Commander of the Bomb Squad as required by the FBI.
The team trains two times a month with one day focusing on explosives and the other focusing on hazardous materials. On the hazardous materials side, the team combines training, resources and responses with Rural/Metro to form the Knox Regional Special Hazards Team.
The team is fully accredited by the FBI.