I believe that a pilot training course for DOD EOD and PSBS technicians should be established to teach common skills and techniques and provide interoperability in support of homeland defense.
The first week, Phase 1, would train DOD EOD personnel on TTP taught in the 6-week PSBS basic course.
The second week, Phase II, would recertify PSBS personnel and qualify DOD EOD personnel on joint interoperability procedures and response in support of homeland defense, homeland security, and military assistance to civil authorities (in accordance with National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board standards).
I believe we could conduct 35 classes and produce a total of 288 DOD and 528 PSBS graduates.
Since PSBS and DOD EOD personnel currently have no formal training in joint interoperability, response, or TTR any such training that occurs depends on the initiative of individual organizations and people.
Just as we have mutual response by DOD fire departments to assist local fire departments, a similar mechanism is needed for CBRNE events that will require both PSBS and DOD EOD expertise within the United States.
However, we should go a step further: PSBS and DOD EOD personnel should train and operate in joint teams to further enhance the unity of effort of our explosive ordnance first responders.