The BCSO Bomb Squad (a part of the Southwest Ohio Regional Bomb Squad) was established and has been operational since 1980. Representatives from the unit conduct public presentations in an effort to explain the positive uses of explosives, and to familiarize both children and adults with theses sometimes hazardous items if and when these are encountered.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad is one of 467 accredited bomb squads across the United States and one of 18 in the State of Ohio. It is the primary bomb squad for Butler and the following adjacent counties: Clinton, Preble, and Warren. We also support the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Dayton Police Bomb Squads.
It is part of a collective of all bombs squads in Ohio, referred to as the Ohio Bomb Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). This group has been successful in obtaining federal monies for bomb squad equipment purchases. Equipment is also purchased for the bomb squad through UASI Grant Funding. We share bomb squad purchasing with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and the Cincinnati Fire Department Bomb Squad, who are both part of this UASI Region. These three bomb squads are the only ones in this UASI region and have been working together to purchase equipment that is interchangeable and compatible with each squad (in case one or more of the squads have a joint operation).