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  • Title: IABTI
    Descriptive info: .. View Cart.. |.. Join.. Donate.. Advertise.. Contact.. Home.. About.. Who Are We.. IABTI's Goals.. History.. Membership Benefits.. Mission Statement.. Regions.. News.. Resources.. Detonator.. EOD Equipment Buyers Guide.. Charity.. Site map.. Login.. 1120 International Parkway, Suite 129.. Fredericksburg, VA 22406.. T: (+1)540-752-4533 F: (+1)540-752-2796.. admin@iabti.. org.. © 2013 International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators.. All Rights Reserved.. Portions copyright © 2013 Med-Eng | A SAFARILAND GROUP COMPANY..

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    Descriptive info: Your shopping cart is currently empty.. EOD Equipment.. Membership Application.. Click Here.. Search..

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    Descriptive info: You are here:.. Registration Form.. Step:.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10.. Please create a username and password.. Please remember this information as it will serve as your login credentials once your application is approved.. Please NOTE: the approval process can take up to three weeks.. Once your application is approved, you will be notified via email.. THIS APPLICATION MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED IN ORDER TO BE PROCESSED.. Information will not be disseminated outside the IABTI without applicant’s written permission.. IABTI Membership is based on a calendar year.. Application fees are therefore prorated, based upon when your application is submitted; please see the fee schedule below.. The fees below INCLUDE a non-refundable $10.. 00 processing charge.. Annual renewal dues are $50.. 00 per calendar year and are payable on or before December 31st annually.. The appropriate fee will be shown at check out.. Join Month.. Membership Fee.. January.. $60.. 00.. July.. $35.. February.. $56.. August.. $31.. March.. $52.. September.. $77.. 00*.. April.. $48.. October.. $73.. May.. $44.. November.. $69.. June.. $40.. December.. $65.. * Indicates Annual Dues for Join Year and the Following Year.. Account.. User name.. Email.. Password.. Next.. Personal Details.. First Name.. Last Name.. Address.. Home address.. Apt/ Suite Number.. City.. State/Province.. Postal Code.. Country.. Mail correspondence to:.. Home.. Work.. Previous.. Business Information.. Agency/Department/Company.. Department/Section.. Office Telephone.. Phone Extension.. Mobile Phone #.. Check here if retired.. Grade/Title.. Present Duties and Assignment.. Business Address.. Company address.. Company address 2.. City of Agency/Company.. Company State/Provinces.. Company zip(please use ZIP+4).. Company Country.. Training and  ...   expertise.. Bomb Disposal & IED Operations.. Post Blast Investigations.. Explosives Detection Canines K-9.. Research and Development.. Physical Security.. Bomb Data Center - Intelligence.. Fitness and Medical Issues.. Media and Public Relations.. Explosive Breaching and Tactical Op.. Military EOD, UXO Operations.. CBRNE.. Explosive Regulations & Laws.. Other Professional Organization.. Other Languages I speak.. Beneficiary Designation.. In the past the IABTI has provided life insurance for members of the IABTI.. However, because of the onerous restrictions insurance companies placed on members, such as excluding those who were involved in war, fighting terrorism or simply riding a motorcycle, the IABTI has ceased to offer life insurance.. Instead a new program has been created to offer members in good standing a onetime accidental death benefit of up to $10,000.. Beneficiary Name.. Beneficiary Relationship.. Beneficiary Address.. Beneficiary City.. Beneficiary State.. Beneficiary Postal Code.. Beneficiary Country.. Payment Information.. Please select your desired Payment Method.. You will enter the details after confirming your application information on the next screen.. Payment Method.. Credit Card.. Check.. Paid at Event.. Please provide information about how you paid, including check number, date, and location.. Your application will be on hold until payment is received.. Confirm.. I certify that the information contained in my application/registration and any/all attachments is true and correct-to the best of my knowledge.. I understand that any misrepresentation made by me herein constitutes grounds for rejection of my application.. I hereby authorize any law enforcement agency to release to the IABTI information containing my background in support of the information as above stated by me.. Register..

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    Descriptive info: Donations.. Description.. Thank you for your donation.. $5.. $25.. $50.. $100.. $250.. Other $.. 00 Min.. Type of Donation.. General Fund.. Scholarship Fund.. Beeping Egg Program.. Death Benefit.. Add to Wishlist..

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    Descriptive info: Publications.. The Detonator.. The Detonator magazine is the only publication dedicated to Bomb Technicians and Investigators and is the official publication of the IABTI.. If you want to reach the largest contingent of EOD professionals this is the media source for you.. The Detonator is a full color 68+ page magazine that is published bi-monthly.. We proudly support over 5000 members / subscribers in over 60 countries.. We can accommodate ads from B W business card size to 4-color full page with bleed.. Detonator Insertion Order.. The EOD Equipment Buyer’s Guide.. The EOD Equipment Buyer’s  ...   will also be distributed to every EOD Unit that we can locate around the world.. We are the users, purchasers and developers of EOD products and equipment.. EOD Equipment Buyer's Guide Insertion Order.. Web Page.. The IABTI web page is the "GO TO" resource for over 5,000 IABTI members.. Advertising will appear on every page (except the home page) on both the public and private side of the web site.. We limit the sales of each size ad to ensure advertisers will get the maximum number of impressions for their ad.. Web Page Advertising Insertion Order..

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    Descriptive info: Membership Inquiries.. Members with questions regarding current status, renewals, etc.. should first contact their regional director.. (see below) for assistance.. Inquiries related to business office records and the master member database may be directed to the Business Office at.. members@iabti.. org.. Web Site.. Comments and suggestions pertaining to the IABTI's web site may be sent via e-mail to the following address:.. IABTI.. Fredericksburg, VA 22406..  ...   id@iabti.. 1ST ASSISTANT INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR.. 1asstid@iabti.. 2nd ASSISTANT INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR.. 2asstid@iabti.. 3RD ASSISTANT INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR.. 3asstid@iabti.. CHAIRMAN OF ADVISORS.. advisors@iabti.. CHAIRMAN OF TRUSTEES.. chairmanoftrustees@iabti.. IABTI CHAPLAIN.. just1prophet@comcast.. net.. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS OFFICE.. 1120 International Parkway STE 129.. The International Business Office (IBO) is available to host training events for IABTI Members, Chapters, or Regions.. If you would like to reserve training space, please contact the IBO..

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  • Title: IABTI
    Descriptive info: We are the cop on the corner, the firefighter with the smoke-smudged face,.. the soldier doing humanitarian de-mining, the analyst who examines the.. pieces of the puzzle and the WMD specialist determining the potential.. threat posed by our adversaries.. We're also the people who are called.. upon to eliminate that threat, and we do it every day.. It is  ...   by placing themselves in harm's way so that the rest of us may sleep peacefully,.. that make the IABTI so vital.. Our membership represents every facet of the.. first responder community.. The underlying belief of the IABTI is that individuals and organizations.. can more effectively combat terrorism and criminal activities by uniting.. their efforts.. Together we are meeting the challenge..

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    Descriptive info: Foster:.. Exchange of ideas and information within the field of explosives - both technical and investigative.. Grow:.. Friendships and cooperation among the various technical and investigative personnel in these fields.. Stimulate:.. Research and the development of new techniques within the fields of bomb response and explosives.. Render:.. Financial support to worthy research projects.. Provide:..  ...   Encourage and provide:.. Educational endeavors in the field of explosives to promote and protect public safety.. Develop:.. High levels of professional competence among technicians and investigators.. Promote:.. Development of safe testing procedures and methods of presenting conclusions.. Assist:.. Providing expert testimony and information to our judicial systems.. Lend assistance:.. In the formation of training programs..

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    Descriptive info: The history of the IABTI is rich with stories of men and women that have dedicated themselves to the betterment of their profession.. Written years ago, this is Ron Howell’s account of how it all began.. IABTI History.. By: Ron Howell.. With the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators having its founding roots in Sacramento, California back in 1973, I have been especially proud to see the IABTI grow over the years to become an internationally recognized professional organization.. It’s continued success is a tribute to the dedication and efforts made by the past and Present International Officers, and equally important is the enthusiastic support of all IABT's members.. When I was asked to tell about how the first two conferences came about in Sacramento, California in 1973 and 1974, I felt it important to go back prior to the first conference and tell how it came about because it was then that the spirit of I.. A.. B.. T.. I.. was born.. Having been with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department since 1963, and directly involved with putting together the first and second conferences, I feel I can provide firsthand information about how, where, and when the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators actually began.. The Beginning.. Prior to 1970, my agency, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, was like many law enforcement agencies in California, and the United States, when it came to dealing with explosive-related matters.. Generally, there was an officer in the Department who had limited explosives experience and we called upon him.. Or, we relied on local military EOD Units.. In our particular case, we called upon the 87th and 548th EOD Detachments, Presidio, San Francisco.. It was at about this point in time, late 1960’s and early 1970’s, that the anti-war demonstrations and acts of violence were beginning to escalate.. Sacraments had its share of problems, “want-a-be” type situations, but the Bay Area demonstration problems far exceeded ours.. Though the activity in the Sacramento area was below the level in other major areas, the violence we did experience got the attention of the law enforcement community and State governmental agencies.. The number of bomb and explosives-related incidents began to increase; i.. e.. in 1967, we handled a grand total of sic (6) incidents, in 1968 we handled thirty-two (32) incidents.. By 1970, the bomb explosives-related calls increased to fifty-six (56).. While these are not large numbers by today’s standards (in the month of July, 1992, the Sacramento Area EOD Unit responded to fifty-two bomb calls), in those days, we did not have trained technicians and the specialized equipment that we have today to handle calls.. Also, the area population was one-fourth what it is today.. Having the nearest military EOD Unit two hours away, the majority of incidents were handled by law enforcement personnel, with very limited training.. There were many times during the winter months when die to heavy fog we had to wait until the following day before the military EOD unit could respond.. On critical bomb calls, they responded in the fog, which caused a three or four delay.. In 1970, Sacramento County had a newly elected Sheriff, Duane Lowe, Sheriff Lowe had been an inspector with the Department before he was elected Sheriff, working his way up through the ranks.. I had worked with him when he was a Sergeant in our correctional facility; then again in the Detective Division on arson investigations.. As a result, we got to know each other and developed a very good rapport.. I believe the first pipe bomb call that Lowe and I received was at the residence of the then Sheriff John Misterly, whom Lowe later ran against for Sheriff (in 1969).. The pipe bomb was 1 ½” X 12” galvanized pipe, end caps, time fuse protruding from one end.. Someone had thrown the bomb on top of the Sheriff's house, and it got stuck in the rain gutter.. Not having experienced the render-safe procedures for pipe devices, we called upon an officer who “ supposedly" had military EOD training to deal with it.. He picked up the pipe bomb, walked over to the car trunk, and unscrew!.. When Duane Lowe took office in January 1970, he completely reorganized the department, similar to how the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was structured.. The reorganization resulted in the Detective Division to be reorganized into special details, one being an Arson/Explosives Detail.. So, having worked with Lowe on arson investigations previously, He Told me of the new unit and asked if I would like to be a part of the new detail.. Since I was working arson's anyway, I told Lowe that I would not mind working arson part, but I was not sure about the explosives part.. Lowe then assured me that “I will see to it that you and your partner get all the necessary training.. " After telling low that I would work the detail, he assigned another detective, Inspector William Ravenscroft (now retired), to be my partner.. However, after about eight months Ravenscroft decided explosives were not for him and requested to be assigned to another detail.. During those first months, Sheriff Lowe made good on his promise to get us some explosives training.. At that time, the only the people with experience with explosives was the military.. My partner and I were provided a detail car, 1968 Plymouth, given a gas credit card, and told to go find out who would be willing to share explosives training.. Armed with our car and credit card, Ravenscroft and I set about contacting the various military units.. Our travels took us from the Presidio, to the USMC Camp Pendleton, to San Diego.. All the military EOD units were extremely cooperative.. I recall the US MC Pendleton EOD unit could not believe we had traveled that far, so they took time out and provided us with two days of training on explosives, military ordinance, and booby-traps.. We had known that the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department had explosives units, and the San Diego Fire/Sheriff bomb squad.. So, we proceeded to San Diego and contacted the San Diego Fire Department and San Diego County Sheriff's Department.. We had heard that the San Diego Fire Department had built and tested one bomb trailer and were just completing a second trailer.. We were seeking ideas and sources for specialized equipment.. Up to this point, we had found that there was virtually no specialized equipment available for civilian bomb squads.. We also found during our travels that there was no established training or information exchange among military and civilian law-enforcement.. We found the exchange of EOD related information was limited to certain agencies and anyone outside their respective areas was isolated from that information.. Later in 1970, the California State Legislature Joint Rules Senate hired a trained explosives technician to handle the increasing threats that were being directed toward the California state capital.. That technician was recently retired U.. S.. Navy EOD GMCM James T Wooten.. Wooten was in San Diego installing radar on ships when he was asked to come to Sacramento to check things out.. Ronald Reagan was the newly elected governor in the threat level at the Capital was increasing.. Wooten was put to work as soon as he arrived in Sacramento and stepped off the airplane.. Anyway, he must have like Sacramento, because he stayed on as the explosives technician for the California State Capitol, becoming an assistant Sgt.. at Arms.. The only training available in explosives was from military EOD units and a local FBI agent, Special Agent Cliff B.. Harriman (now retired).. There were no specialized schools for law enforcement personnel.. Harriman was conducting special in-service training in explosives recognition to local law enforcement.. Having attended several of Harriman's classes we establish a good rapport.. Harriman offered any assistance from himself and the FBI that we needed in dealing with explosives-related matters.. about this point in time that I encountered James T.. " Jim" Wooten.. Wooten was out and about checking with the local law-enforcement agencies in Sacramento to find out just what was available in the way of EOD assistance.. Wooten was trying to determine just whom he could call upon should an explosive incident occur at the Capital.. I do not know what Wooten had been told about EOD assistance in Sacramento, but he was surprised to find there was no specialized equipment.. What specialized equipment we had consisted of tape, line, knives, and counter-charges.. Also, Wooten soon learned that he was the only EOD technician for eighty-seven miles.. Since there were no schools available for law enforcement in dealing with explosives and improvised explosive devices, we in Sacramento continue to rely upon military EOD Units for any specialized training.. Is it later turned out when we went to contact the Concord Naval Weapons EOD Unit, Concord, California, we were an instant hit.. They understood our dilemma.. Wooten, being a former Navy EOD technician, paved the way for us.. Soon we were part of the group.. Concord Naval Weapons EOD was being called upon by the local law enforcement to handle IED's found in the surrounding communities.. Therefore, we were able to learn about the various types of devices and some render-safe techniques.. As our training with the Concord Naval Weapons EOD unit continued, they were in turn invited to come to Sacramento.. We had outstanding cooperation from the Concorde Naval Weapons EOD Unit Commanders, Commander "Sam" Henderson and CWO Robert G.. Lutz who provided training in IED's, explosives, and military ordnance recognition.. It was during these training sessions, and also during training sessions with the US Army EOD, Presidio, California, that talk began about some type of formal EOD training, where both civilian and military EOD Units could attend and exchange information.. As the bombing incidents and investigations continued, they resulted in more and more contacts with other law enforcement agencies, and there was always a keen interest among the military EOD units and civilian bomb squads for some type of "bomb training.. " However, no one wanted to take the bull by the horns and get things started.. Then, on June 16, 1971, a one-day explosives and improvised training session was hosted by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Arson/Explosives detail.. We invited the surrounding law enforcement agencies who were interested in explosives training to participate in the one-day session.. 15 individuals from eight different agencies attended that first one-day training session.. At the conclusion of the training session, the Sacramento of Police Department, Placer County Sheriff’s and the California State police decided to join forces with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Capital Sgt.. at Arms, and the local FBI in a combined effort.. This is when the Sacramento area EOD unit was finally formed and recognized.. The Sacramento area EOD unit is still in operation today, and consists of nine agencies and twenty-two Hazardous Devices School Technicians.. It is important to explain how that training session in 1971 came about because it was there that interest was expressed in a future training conference, which eventually led to the first national EOD conference being held.. While traveling to the various EOD units and law-enforcement bomb squads in California, we had made contact with the San Diego Sheriff/Fire Department Bomb Unit.. They were at that time very active in IED's and explosive incidents, so when we decided to put on a one-day training session, we decided to call upon San Diego.. When asked, San Diego said they would be glad to come to Sacramento, however, due to budget restraints they could not.. So, while at one of our Sacramento area EOD unit meetings held at the Capitol building, we tried to figure out who we could get to do the training, and/or how to fund San Diego's travel to Sacramento.. One of reasons we met at the Capital Was that Wooten was a Sergeant at Arms and we were able to Meet in the Senate and Assembly  ...   days; however, anyone who has been involved with a "national" conference can certainly appreciate the effort involved in total support needed to undertake such an endeavor.. The presentations at the first conference consisted mainly of "new" programs for dissemination of information and available training.. We had excellent cooperation and support from both the FBI and US Treasury Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.. The FBI had just acquired the National Bomb Data Center in June, 1972, the conference gave Mr.. Gib McNeely, FBI, an opportunity to present the.. N.. B.. D.. 's objectives and plans.. Another memorable presentation was made by Fred P.. Smith, Unit Chief in Charge of Explosives, FBI lab, Washington DC.. Fred Smith began his presentation by telling about the most "terrifying" experience he had the previous night.. As the story goes, it seems some ducks, whose current home was the pond at the Woodlake Inn, had wandered into a hotel room for the night rather than spending it by the pond.. As it happened, that same room had been reserved for Fred Smith.. What took place when Fred returned to the hotel room is a tale only Fred could tell.. Fred's fondness for ducks thus began, in the incident has become part of IABTI’s folklore.. The First National EOD conference was a total success and there was a lot of interest among the conferees to hold another such conference in 1974.. But, where? So, McGill and I decided to see if Sheriff Lowe would be willing to host another national conference.. A second conference would also help with our EOD grant project objectives.. When the proposal for a second national conference was presented to Sheriff Lowe, he thought it was a good idea and agreed to provide any assistance and department support needed.. During the first conference, all the conferees expressed a desire to establish some type of a formal explosives organization.. So, at the conclusion of that first conference, a "Committee to Form a National Association" was established, within Inspector Tom McGill of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department as the chairman of the committee and Inspector Don Hansen of the San Francisco Police Department as the Secretary.. There were 15 original committee members from all over the United States and Canada.. Some of those members listed in the First EOD Conference transcript were replaced, and new Committee members were added.. There were many committee meetings that resulted in very lively discussions and debates.. Before the first conference had concluded, the conferees voted their unanimous approval for a formal organization, and for a "Second EOD Conference" in 1974 to be held in Sacramento, California.. THE SECOND CONFERENCE.. With the first conference over and faced with putting together a second one in 1974, Inspector McGill and I had to begin planning a speaker's agenda, lining up speakers, and obtaining a commitment from them.. After gaining experience from the first conference, we decided to make the second conference of full five days.. Again, the Conference Committee wheels were put into motion, getting everything ready.. Just prior to the 1974 conference, the FBI-NBDC held a seminar at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.. Participants were invited from the United States, England, and other countries.. Inspector McGill was invited by Mr.. Gibb McNeely, FBI-NBDC to attend the seminar.. The timing was perfect because the international participants at the FBI seminar were able through advanced contact to extend their stay and to be speakers for our second conference.. We were able to get permission from our grant project representatives to use grant funds for the various speaker’s travel and accommodations.. Being able to secure that vast array of notable and distinguished speakers certainly enhance the conference program.. I've submitted a copy of the second conference program and you can see the scope and variety of topics presented.. Being in charge of registration at both conferences, I wanted to come up with a nametag for the conferees that was different.. We did not differentiate between "technicians" and "investigators" like we did at the first conference.. Also, to cut down on the cost of nametags, a new nametag was designed.. Since I had designed the Sacramento Area EOD Unit logo, bomb/flame and wreath with the outline of the Capital building, I wanted to use that logo on the second conference nametags.. However, the logo with the Capital outline would not fit on the tag, so it was left off, leaving only the bomb/flame and wreath.. That same logo was later submitted to the Logo Committee for consideration as the IABTI logo.. There were 258 in attendance at the second conference, including numerous local, state, and federal officials who stopped by and said in on presentations to gain an insight as to what EOD was all about.. There were those who made a special effort to attend, the Council General of England stationed in Washington DC, and the Council General of England station in San Francisco, California also stop by.. At the conclusion of the second conference, a transcript like the one at the first conference was not provided; however, copies of the audiotape presentations were made available to the conferees at a nominal fee.. THE ASSOCIATION.. At the time of the "Second National EOD Conference" was scheduled, there was no formal EOD organization established.. The committee to form a national organization had been gathering information and rough drafts on Constitutions and bylaws.. Though I was not formally appointed to the committee, I was fully involved and participated on the Formation Committee as a result of being McGill's partner.. McGill and I spent many hours talking about the various ideas, and I recall many of the lively debates.. Finally, during the second conference, there was an agreement on the final Constitution and bylaws to be presented to the conferees.. I recall one of the debates was regarding what to name the Association.. At first, the Association was to be for only "bomb technicians.. " However, we had conferees and participants who were not bomb technicians, but were active in post blast scene investigations.. Eventually, the committee agreed that the Association should include both technicians and investigators.. The name International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators was voted in by the conferees during the business meeting portion of the conference.. So, at 1115 hours on Friday, March 22, 1974, the Association became officially known as the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators.. During that first business meeting on Friday, March 22, 1974, election of officers for the new Association was held.. Nominations were made from the floor and later voted on.. Since Tom McGill had been Chairman of the Formation Committee, his name was considered for Director.. However, when McGill was asked to run for the position, he was very adamant and vocal as to why he should not run.. McGill felt he had already served as a director since he had served as Chairman of the Formation Committee and Logo Committee, and he felt someone else should be the International Director.. Russ Ahlgrim looked at me and said "how about you?" I told Ahlgrim thanks, but no thanks.. I also told Ahlgrim about Jim Wooten's contributions to the Formation Committee, his background and qualifications.. Thus, the campaigning began for Jim Wooten to become International Director.. When asked if he would consider being the International Director, Wooten was at first reluctant to say yes because he felt McGill should run for the office.. Finally, when it was clear to Wooten that McGill did not desire the position, Wooten agreed to let his name be placed into nomination, along with others.. Wooten tried to get me to run; however, I told him I did not have the time to properly devote to IABTI due to my current involvement with the major three-year grant project.. Wooten was told he would get any and all the support he needed during his directorship.. Thus, the name of James T.. "Jim" Wooten, EOD Technician for the California State Assembly/Senate, was placed into nomination for International Director.. Later that day, Wooten won the election to become the first International Director of IABTI.. The offices at the time were won by the most popular votes received, and those first to hold IABTI office were:.. International Director:.. James T Wooten.. Sgt.. At Arms.. California Capital.. Sacramento California.. First Assistant Director:.. William "Billy" Poe.. Louisiana State Police.. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.. Second Assistant Director:.. William "Bill" Costello.. Phoenix Police Department.. Phoenix, Arizona.. Third Assistant Director:.. Donald Hansen.. San Francisco Police Department.. San Francisco, California.. Secretary/Treasurer:.. Rus Ahlgrim.. After elections were held four International Directors, the conferees broke into various groups according to region.. Each region elected their Directors and those first IABTI Regional Directors elected were:.. Region I:.. Jack Shadduck.. Region II:.. John Wiseman.. Region III:.. Edward Schallian.. Region IV:.. Robert Wade.. Region V:.. William Borbridge.. Region VI:.. Alfred Ralston.. During the elections, a bomb call came into the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department concerning a suspected explosive device.. As Jim Wooten (California State Capital) and I were preparing to leave the business meeting (having already voted), Billy Poe (Louisiana State Police), John Flinn (US Secret Service, White House, Washington DC), Major Ralph Ekonen (U.. Army, HDS Instructor), Alan Rennison (England), and Arleigh McCree (Los Angeles Police Department) decided to go along and lend their technical assistance.. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department had just taken delivery on our new EOD vehicle (Dodge Maxivan), along with some new grant equipment.. However, before we could leave the hotel parking lot, we encountered 6 to 8 other conferees who decided that we needed their assistance… Just to go along as observers.. So, most of the "non-essential" EOD equipment was off-loaded so everyone could fit into the van.. I believe the main reason they all wanted to go on this particular call was that the explosive device have been found in the same general area of a major explosion.. That major explosion involves twenty-one DODX railcars full of 250 pounds Tritonal aerial bombs, which exploded and burned on April 20, 1973.. A presentation of the explosion and disaster response had been made at the conference and there was a great deal of interest to view the damage caused by the explosion.. We finally arrived at the site of the suspected device, with little equipment and a van full of "distinguished assistants.. " The reason we had little equipment was not that the ride-alongs had set the equipment out, but due to not having taken delivery as yet of most of the equipment from the years grant funding.. This particular EOD response was possibly the first international/multi-agency EOD response to a local bomb call.. The suspected device was not the remains of a 250 pound Tritonal bomb as we had anticipated, but rather a single "railroad torpedo.. " So, after the prescribed render-safe procedures are made, all are "distinguished assistants” boarded the EOD van for a return trip back to the conference and business meeting.. Upon arriving back at the conference, we learned that the earlier votes for International Director had been counted and the election results were in.. Jim Wooten had been elected International Director, and Billy Poe as First Assistant Director of IABTI.. So, I suppose this bomb call could be recorded as the first phone call made by IABTI International Directors.. EPILOGUE.. A few months after the conclusion of the second conference, Tom McGill requested to resign, no longer working as an EOD Technician.. McGill had been promoted to Lieutenant an assigned to the Correctional Facility until his retirement from the sacrament of County Sheriff's Department.. Jim Wooten, currently a trustee with IABTI, is enjoying retirement, and is always interested with any developments in IABTI and EOD matters.. Without Sheriff Duane Lowe's total interest and support during the first four years, we would not have been able to host the first two conferences or obtain an EOD grant.. He is currently Chief Duane Lowe with the California State Police, Headquarters in Sacramento.. He continues to support the bomb technicians and their concerns..

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    Descriptive info: Training Conferences.. The IABTI offers training throughout the year.. Annual International training conference.. Seven regional training conference as well as numerous chapter level training.. Detonator Magazine.. Our magazine, The Detonator, is published six times a year and is the only publication dedicated to bomb technicians and investigators.. The Detonator provides technical information, explosive incident case reviews, bulletins, and advertisements for explosive incident related tools and technology.. This is both a printed and digital publication.. EOD Equipment Buyer’s Guide.. This annual publication (both printed and digital) is the quickest, easiest way to access WORLDWIDE EOD Equipment and Service providers.. It includes manufacturers for all Explosive Ordnance Disposal related products, services, equipment & supplies.. The Buyer's Guide is distributed internationally to Bomb Squads, Bomb Data Centers, Military and related agencies.. Members Only Web Site.. The IABTI website has improved tenfold over the last several years and has a 'members only' section loaded with resources including:..  ...   Collectively, the International Executive Board (IEB) and the Advisory Committee set forth the objectives for the IABTI Benevolent/Scholarship Fund to facilitate and foster education to IABTI members and/or their dependent family members.. Peer Support.. IABTI’s Peer Support provides support/counseling primarily to IABTI members involved in explosives related critical incidents (and can include response to non-members involved in such incidents).. This group provides knowledge, experience, emotional, social and practical assistance.. Peer Support consists of both operational “call outs” as well as Peer Support Group training.. Life Membership.. Any REGULAR member of this Association, no longer actively engaged in the explosives field, but who has made a significant contribution to the profession, is eligible to apply for Life Membership, subject to review and final approval by the International Executive Board.. Accidental Death Benefit.. Networking.. The best reason to join IABTI is the network of bomb technicians, investigators and explosive detection K-9 professionals.. Click here to..

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