In a simulation created for us, a robot could be used, but even then, a bomb tech has to go in and give the all-clear. And while it’s somewhat high risk, for these techs, it’s higher reward.
“There’s satisfaction going out and knowing that we’re able to provide a service that really nobody else does and getting rid of that for them,” Detective Brett Keller says.
The explosives unit can also be brought in to utilize their robots in a hostage situation, and they’ll also help you dispose of old ammunition, explosives or fireworks at no cost. If you ever come across a suspicious device or package, never touch it, and call police immediately.
Executive Producer Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5 and 6. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.
She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.