Special Agent Bomb Technicians (SABT) are elite FBI officers who must find, assess and dismantle explosive devices. SABT use modern technology including x-ray devices, robots and special armour to protect the public from potential explosions. Every U.S. field office has at least a single SABT in charge of dismantling bombs and other devices.

To be employed as a SABT professional, Special Agents need to spend five years in the field. If approved, the Agent must attend the Special Agent Bomb Technician Program run by the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School. Here they will learn how to dispose of bombs including identifying the type of device, it’s trigger, what it’s designed to do, and how to neutralise the situation.

SABTs use special equipment to ensure that explosives don’t become deadly. Every SABT has a personal robot which has a camera and manipulator, so that the SABTs can stay a safe distance away from potential blast radius while they investigate the device.

Job Description for the Special Agent Bomb Technician Program

SABT are usually first responders from the FBI when it comes to a scene involving a suspicious package, hostages being held with explosives, or a kamikaze bomber. SABTs employ equipment like X-ray machines or dogs that can sniff out explosives. They must also manage the scene to ensure the public is safe, communicating with criminals, and dismantling explosives within reach.

SABTs must:

1. Give expert suggestions regarding incidents where there might be explosive devices.
2. Have the correct skills required to operate robot devices and other explosives equipment.
3. Communicate with bomb suspects.
4. Give instruction to other law enforcement personnel at the scene in order to keep the nearby public safe.
5. Assess and dismantle bombs.
6. Have extensive knowledge of all types of explosives including WMDs.
7. Be re-certified every third year for their entire employment at the Hazardous Devices School

Salary for Special Agent Bomb Technician Program Staff

Special Agent Bomb Technicians all Special Agents and while they may have a GS-10 pay grade, many will get a higher rating based on the five years they spent in the field prior to Bomb Technician training. SABTs who stay in field service can be promoted up to GS-13, which can be even higher for those who become supervisors or executives. SABT salaries receive a cost of living adjustment as well as Law Enforcement Availability Pay, which is a 25 percent bonus on base wage.