07/17/13 318 W, 2 I - + 3 - 7 State Bureau of Investigation Bomb Response Unit

.auto-style1 { text-align: left; } Noticed this photo in this Eastern Wake News story about a meth lab discovered in Zebulon. Same shows a North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Bomb Squad vehicle. Google finds more information this unit, notably in this NC DOJ web page and WSAV story from May. There are three bomb response units (and six robots) spread across the state. They're located in Asheville (west), Greenville (east), and Raleigh (central).They're there to help local agencies, both those with their own bomb squads and those that don't have such resources. There are twelve technicians including two full-time agencies that staff the SBI Bomb Squad. They train monthly and respond to about 100 calls per year. The truck below was built by Mickey Engineered Vehicles and is the subject of this case study on their site.

Zebulon Police Department photo

Back in January 2009, we blogged about a pair of interesting SBI special units seen in town for that year's inaugural ball, including this older bomb response unit. Wonder if it's still on the roster, or was replaced by the above truck? (Or moved out of town, to replace other units?) Click to enlarge:

That could be a fun posting, compiling photos of the various specialty law enforcement vehicles around our state. We've covered a number of them as seen in Raleigh, in these postings:

Wow, there are enough photos there to warrant a Flickr set. Memo to self: compile and upload to my Flickr site.

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