The Lake County Bomb Squad was formed in 1993 when the Lake County Crime Lab and the Mentor Police Department combined their personnel and equipment into one unit to handle all bomb squad calls in Lake County. It has since developed into a multi-agency unit with members from the Mentor Police and Fire Departments, Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, Wickliffe Police Department, and Painesville Township Fire Department.
The Bomb Squad has primary responsibilities over Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties. They are, however, ready to assist other counties should the need arise.
The Lake County Bomb Squad is accredited by the F.B.I. and has three certified Bomb Technicians. It is equipped with the latest tools necessary to get the job done in a safe and efficient manner. The personnel train monthly and attend a one-week re-certification class every three years at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.