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Media Release


Tuesday, September 17, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993


Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Bomb Squad Responds To Goldfield
Request For Unit Was Made By Local and Federal Authorities


            Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Bomb Squad responded to Goldfield, Nevada late Tuesday morning after it received a request from the Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation Las Vegas office to respond.

            One team was sent to assist law enforcement officials on scene in Goldfield which is approximately 190 miles northwest of Las Vegas on U.S. 95.

            Information about the incident will be released by the law enforcement agency in charge at the incident, which is standard procedure for LVFR Bomb Squad responses.

            Las Vegas Fire & Rescue operates the only bomb squad in Southern Nevada.  It has a response area of Southern Nevada, Southern California and Northwest Arizona .  The team could respond to other areas in surrounding states or any other area in the country if requested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the lead law enforcement agency in the U.S. for bomb squad responses.

            All members of the LVFR Bomb Squad are firefighters (and most cases paramedics) who have five years experience in the field, certified peace officers in the state of Nevada, certified FBI bomb technicians and federal agents because of their extensive work with federal agencies.  They are also certified fire investigators who investigate all fires in the city of Las Vegas and have full police powers to conduct arson investigations, make arrests when necessary, make presentations to the District Attorney for prosecution and appear in court.

            Even though one team responded to the incident in Goldfield, there were other teams with equipment that were still on duty in Las Vegas to handle incidents here at the same time.

            All media inquiries for  the LVFR Bomb Squad should be directed to the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue PEIO, Tim Szymanski  (702) 303-2993.


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