KATHRYN BIGELOW’S FILMIC portrayal of US military bomb techs in the film Hurt Locker would have you erroneously believing (among other things) that the life of a bomb tech is an endless series of deployments, cowboy antics, and ditching bomb suits to “die comfortable”.
The truth is that it is more practice, practice, and more practice.
An average bomb tech might go through years of schooling and training just to “reduce” — the term they use for disarming — a bomb from a hundred yards away with the help of a robot and an XBox controller, and the US Air Force have posted shots which shed some light on this process.
They’ve got the steady hands of a surgeon and the sharp minds of the world’s best pilots, but everything still must be planned and practiced in intricate detail.
The same goes for our own Defence Forces bomb squad, as they go through similar amounts of rigorous training.
Here’s a look at one day of US Air Force bomb squad training: