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Longmont public safety officers complete bomb technician certification – Longmont Times-Call | #schoolsaftey


Longmont Firefighter Vince Van Binsbergen and Longmont Police School Resource Officer Brett Rimsky stand in front of the FBI Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Ala. on June 30 after completing a five week course to earn their U.S. Public Safety Bomb Technician Certification. (Brett Rimsky)
Longmont Firefighter Vince Van Binsbergen and Longmont Police School Resource Officer Brett Rimsky stand in front of the FBI Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Ala. on June 30 after completing a five week course to earn their U.S. Public Safety Bomb Technician Certification. (Brett Rimsky)

Longmont Firefighter Vince Van Binsbergen and Longmont police School Resource Officer Brett Rimsky both recently earned their U.S. Public Safety Bomb Technician Certification after graduating from the FBI Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Ala. on June 30.

Rimsky, who has been with the Longmont Police Department for 16 years, and Van Binsbergen, who has been with the Longmont Fire Department for nearly five years, both joined the Longmont bomb squad in September 2021 when two positions opened up due to officers retiring.

Since that time, Rimsky saidthat the two public safety officers have been able to assist other bomb squad members, but haven’t been able to actually work on devices themselves.

Now, with this latest certification, they’re both in a position to go on more calls and render explosive devices safe should a situation call for it.

In addition to classwork and exams, the five-week course consisted of placing officers into scenarios, some of which were pulled from real life and others more hypothetical. Relying on the tools taught throughout the course, officers would have to successfully resolve situations for the best outcome for public safety, officer safety and surrounding property.

Rimsky, who served 11 years with the Longmont SWAT team, said that despite the different positions he’s held within the department, joining the bomb squad was always on his radar.

“I think what really interested me in being on the bomb squad was just a lot of the technology aspect of it,” Rimsky said. “We’re able to utilize robots and other tech that we have for instance with barricade situations where we don’t have to put an officer in harm’s way. Or any kind of suspicious activities that might involve a package of some kind, we can x-ray the package and render it safe.”

As a firefighter, Van Binsbergen said he’s always been more interested in the law enforcement side of things, which is what eventually led him to joining the squad when the opportunity opened up.

“We had someone retire from the squad, (Mike) Manzo, and he told me when you get on this team you don’t leave until you retire, so when it came up I couldn’t pass on it and ever since I’ve joined I’ve been loving it,” Van Binsbergen said. “It’s an awesome experience, now I’m just really excited to go out on more calls and take more classes.”

The FBI Hazardous Devices School is the only bomb school technicians are required to attend in the nation and according to Rimsky, they’ll have plenty more courses to complete as this was the first prerequisite that will allow them to attend more advanced courses in the future.

With only 26 people total in attendance for the course, Rimsky said that number is reflective of the amount of public safety bomb technicians in the U.S., roughly 3,000. Rimsky said the small numbers only made the feeling of “camaraderie ” that much more rewarding.

“Vince and I were there meeting people all over the nation who share the same mindset and the same care for public safety and joy of doing that job and making sure our communities are safe all across the United States,” Rimsky said.

Van Binsbergen echoed Rimsky’s sentiment regarding camaraderie being one of the special aspects, along with the sense of belonging.

“I became really good friends with other members on other squads and I feel like I made some lifetime friends,” Van Binsbergen said. “Not a lot of bomb techs are firefighters, so I was the only firefighter there and everyone sort of took me in, which was nice. Everyone works together; it doesn’t matter where anyone comes from, we all work as one.”



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