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New bomb trucks for the ACT

By johnboy 4 March 2011 21

Simon Corbell in a bomb suit

Simon Corbell has unveiled a shiny pair of new bomb trucks for all the ACT’s bombing needs. He’s also, as pictured, modelled a bomb disposal suit.

“The new trucks are state-of-the-art with custom made improvised explosive device defeat
(IEDD) pods mounted on each truck. These pods are the first of their kind in Australia.”

The two new trucks will enable ACT Policing’s Bomb Response Team to quickly deploy when
the need arises, carrying all the equipment to attend explosive related incidents, and
incidents involving chemical, biological and radiological hazards.

The IEDD pods also have the ability to be used in other incidents. The IEDD pods enhance ACT
Policing’s command and control capabilities during major incidents with the addition of in-car
computing and the ability to relay audio and visual footage from robotic vehicles to ACT
Policing command elements.

“The Bomb Response Team not only responds to bomb or explosive jobs, but also to incidents
where their specialised equipment can be utilised. An example of this is a white powder
incident where a robotic vehicle with video capabilities can be deployed to the area prior to
people having to enter,” Mr Corbell said.

No mention of what they cost or how we managed before.

UPDATE: Simon Corbell’s office has sent in this note:

Just so you are aware, there was bomb response vehicles previously in the ACT, these were upgrades to technologies and capabilities. Also The cost of each pod on the trucks was $220,000.

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dvaey 9:01 am 08 Mar 11

EvanJames said :

And are these trucks necessary for things ACT, or things Commonwealth Canberra? I don’t see the Bungendore Town Council spending up big on bomb disposal trucks.

Well, bomb-disposal is one thing they do. Im pretty sure they’d also deal with situations like dangerous gas cylinders, gas leaks, and stuff just one step above what hazmat is used to dealing with. Sure, we might not have many bombings in Canberra, but Im aware of several times when police have evacuated areas because of threats such as hot gas bottles or gas leaks, which would be right up the bomb-squads alley.

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