Hazardous Materials Response Units (HMRU) respond to incidents involving WMDs. HRMUs are highly trained and deal with things situations where chemical, nuclear or biological warfare might be a risk. HRMUs comprise of Special Agents, logistics specialists, scientists and other elite staff, and since 1996, when HRMUs were first created, the 27 ensuing HRMUs have dealt with 519 operations, including 105 events and 13 national exercises.

The FBI’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit’s Role

HRMUs must go to suspect areas and find out if there are active explosive or dispersal devices there, and if they could pose a threat to local life. If they find this to be the case, they must cordon said area and respond to the threat accordingly. HRMUs must analyze explosives to figure out how to neutralise them.

Once they have made the devices safe for transportation, they are then moved to an FBI facility for further analysis. Everything HRMUs do is carefully filmed, photographed and recorded, in order to provide evidence from the scene to other law enforcement professionals investigating. This allows the latter to build acceptable legal cases against suspects, so HRMU staff are trained in the art of forensic process. However, normal forensic collecting can be thrown off by the presence of explosive devices, so HRMU staff must have the skill and resolve to work under risky conditions.

Job Description for the Hazardous Materials Response Unit

HRMU staff have the following responsibilities:

1. Identifying hazardous materials an other explosive devices and employ tactics to keep the public safe.
2. Having elite knowledge of WMDs and response tactics.
3. Quickly neutralizing any threat from toxic or explosive materials.
4. Diffusing any kinds of devices, including bombs, that pose a threat.
5. Identifying individuals, suspicious or otherwise, who might have come into contact with hazardous materials.
6. Collecting forensic evidence for trial.

Salary for Hazardous Materials Response Unit Staff

HMRU staff include HAZMAT officers, scientists and some Special Agents in a supervisory capacity. Special Agents get an opening wages of GS-14 or GS-15, while other staff start between GS-7 and GS-14. There is also a 12.5 to 28.7 percent adjustment for cost of living in some places, and Special Agents will receive a 25 percent salary bonus for 24/7 availability. Some support stage might also be eligible for the latter bonus.