Bomb Disposal Unit
Established in 1972, the NYSP Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) is the second-largest squad of its kind in New York State, exceeded only by the New York City Police Department’s Bomb Squad. It is responsible for responding to calls for improvised explosive devices, recovered military ordnance, commercial explosives and fireworks throughout much of the upstate area.
The BDU maintains separate facilities in Albany, Newburgh, Watertown and Batavia. Each facility is equipped with mitigation equipment, such as disposal trailers, robots and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) suits. Each bomb technician carries critical first-responder equipment, including an X-ray device and bomb suits.
All BDU members are trained in the handling of hazardous materials, including chemical and biological agents, and provide services to municipalities lacking their own HAZMAT teams. All bomb squad technicians maintain certification through the FBI Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Alabama.