What to Search For
The search of even a medium sized building can take 12 to 24 hours. It is essential that the searchers
be highly trained and know what to search for. EOD personnel offer two courses of instruction to
requesting organizations. They are.
o Improvised Explosive Device Search Course.
Since search teams are composed of persons familiar with the area to be searched, the main thrust of
their search is for objects that do not belong in the area. Good housekeeping will aid in this task. Of
course, objects that are familiar may be found to contain bombs upon close inspection. In this regard,
training from EOD personnel may prove invaluable.
NEVER TOUCH A SUSPICIOUS OBJECT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
The bomb scene officer may wish to keep a Search Checklist as shown in Figure 2-10.
If a bomb is found, the search should not be terminated as other bombs may also have been placed.
Part F: DISPOSAL PROCEDURES
If a searcher finds or suspects he has found a bomb, he should not touch the device. Instead, he
should immediately clear the area and notify the emergency operations center (EOC). The EOC will
then notify the EOD, who has responsibility to deactivate and remove the bomb.
Evacuation After Discovery.
If evacuation is not already completed, promptly evacuate all nonessential personnel. If they have
already been evacuated, they should be moved further away, preferably behind a windowless structure.
Procedures for Minimizing Damage.
If EOD determines that time allows, attempt the following:
o Disconnect or shut off any gas lines leading to the facility.
o Open windows and doors.
o Remove items which may add to the explosive force (gasoline, lubricants, paints, etc.)