Ashland Bomb Squad Receives New Robot Thanks To Grants

  • 1/9/2019 1:48:37 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - The Ashland County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad received a new addition to the team on Wednesday. 

A new robot was unveiled to the public at the Ashland County Fairgrounds. The robot was awarded to the department from the Ashland County Emergency Management Office thanks to the FY16 Ohio Homeland Security Grant Program. Total costs for the robot were $104,950.

The robot has a variety of features, from bomb disposal to breaking down doors. The new teammate is also equipped with FLIR camera technology to detect heat signatures inside homes and in forested areas. 

"The robot is designed to keep us remote for dealing with suspicious packages, standoff situations... various things." Tim Whalen, Bomb Squad commander, said. "It saves actual human lives."

The new bomb squad robot can also do surveillance work in areas for law enforcement. 

The robot is equipped with a claw arm that can lift up to 100 pounds. It is also equipped with a weapons arm, which can be used to open packages, knock down doors, and more.  

Ashland EMA has now spent a total of $254,399.49 to help the bomb squad stay up to date with its equipment. In 2010, Buildout of equipment and suits cost $81,000. The bomb squad trailer was bought with $34,684.50 in 2014. In 2015, a pickup truck and equipment was purchased for $33,715.99. Today's unveiling of the new bomb squad robot showed the latest purchase from Ashland EMA, with the robot being worth $104,950.  

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