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Beale hosts post-blast training with FBI and local law enforcement

U.S. Air Force members watch as FBI special agents demonstrate how they would grid an area for a post-blast investigation.

U.S. Air Force members watch as FBI special agents demonstrate how they would grid an area for a post-blast investigation at Beale Air Force Base, California, May 5, 2021. Other topics covered in the training included what to look for, how to properly collect evidence for laboratory analysis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

9th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters extinguish a fire.

9th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters extinguish a fire at Beale Air Force Base, California, May 5, 2021. The fire was set when an explosive device was detonated during post-blast training. Due to the risk of wildfires, firefighters were on standby and had to extinguish fires following two detonations . (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

Tom McCue, Sacramento Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) detective, operates a robot.

Tom McCue, Sacramento Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) detective, operates a robot at Beale Air Force Base, California, May 5, 2021. Part of the training was a demonstration of robotic EOD capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

FBI bomb technicians teach Air Force and local law enforcement members about the history of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.

FBI bomb technicians teach Air Force and local law enforcement members about the history of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices at Beale Air Force Base, California, May 5, 2021. More than 50 people participated in the training, including members from Beale’s Fire Department and K-9 unit, as well as several local law enforcement entities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

Master Sgt. Jayson Wells, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) superintendent, center, talks with members of the FBI and Sacramento Sheriff’s office.

Master Sgt. Jayson Wells, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) superintendent, center, talks with members of the FBI and Sacramento Sheriff’s office at Beale Air Force Base, California, May 5, 2021. They discussed plans for post-blast training conducted by the FBI and a demonstration of robotic EOD capabilities by the Sacramento Sheriff’s office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

The 9th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight hosted a training event with the FBI and several local law enforcement agencies May 5, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California.

“The training was a very high level coverage of explosives, what they do and more importantly how we would cover a scene if a vehicle was detonated,” said Special Agent Lee Witkowski, FBI bomb technician team leader. “This includes how we would collect evidence, the things we need to think about on approach to the scene and how bomb technicians would work alongside CSI.”

The intercooperation between each participating agency allowed everyone a first-hand opportunity to share and learn different techniques, which they can use to modify or improve their agency procedures.

Law enforcement, the military and other public servants are all working toward the same goal, said Witkowski. Being able to hold training events like this allows everyone involved to get better at working towards that goal.

“There were a lot of dedicated people out there, in law enforcement and the military trying to perfect their craft,” said Witkowski. “They all want to get better at what they do. They want to take what they’re learning and make this a better country, world and community.”