The National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board (NBSCAB) serves as the leadership element of the U.S. Bomb Squad program, giving strong advice to Federal agencies that support bomb squads regarding important bomb squad related issues and acting as the final decision making authority on guidelines and standards for the profession.
The NBSCAB is made up of twelve voting members who are elected by popular vote from four national regions. They are elected to 3 year terms, with one new member from each region being elected each year. The NBSCAB meets a minimum of three times yearly. In order to be eligible to serve on the NBSCAB, members must be on record with the Hazardous Devices School as the Bomb Squad Commander. A Bomb Squad Commander is defined in the National Guidelines for Bomb Technicians as “the certified bomb technician who will be the point of contact and speak for the squad.” Responsibilities of the Board include:
- Serves as the recognized point of contact on all matters related to U.S. Bomb Squads.
- Resolving issues regarding certification and accreditation.
- Making recommendations concerning HDS and other training.
- Reviewing research and development needs.
- Acting as a steering committee for Bomb Squad Commanders Conferences.
- Examining issues related to the FBI’s Special Agent Bomb Technician liaison program and other Federal programs that are of importance to the Board and bomb squads.
- Develop and publish long range strategic plans and recommendations for bomb squad development.
NBSCAB maintains close relationships with all federal agencies that provide support to bomb squads, encouraging an alignment of their resources toward optimum effectiveness. NBSCAB also maintains a strong relationship with the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).