R3 Associate Tom Warren represented the company at the recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL. The event was held concurrently with the FBI-sponsored Bomb Squad Commanders Conference, attended by 320 selected commanders of public safety bomb squads from across the country. A lively auction of donated items at the anniversary dinner event raised over $25,000 for the Bomb Technician Memorial Fund and its scholarship program.
HDS was established in 1971 (the anniversary celebration was delayed by COVID) at Redstone Arsenal with the mission to train members of the public safety fire and police services to respond to the threat of improvised explosive devices. Originally operated by the U.S. Army with funding from the FBI, the FBI assumed complete responsibility for the school in 2017. HDS provides initial certification of all public safety bomb technicians through a combination of classroom and practical training. The school also recertifies currently service bomb technicians and offers advanced training courses. Since its inception, HDS has trained over 30,000 individuals serving in the 420 accredited public safety bomb squads across the country.
Prior to joining R3, Tom was an FBI Special Agent Bomb Technician, having graduated from HDS in 1989. In that role, he responded to a number of major bombing incidents including the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the World Trade Center bombing, and the Centennial Park bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Tom later served as the HDS Program Manager overseeing the operations of the school. As an R3 Associate, Tom currently supports the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s CBRN Office with policy, training, and operational plans development and execution.