In the summer of 2006 the HMRU
and the New Orleans Field Office HMRT responded to support the FBI's Jackson Field Office during the investigation of a married couple suspected of manufacturing the toxin ricin.
The HMRU provides training, certification, and oversight for the 27 Hazardous Materials Response Teams (HMRTs) operating in FBI field offices.
All HMRU/HMRT employees are required to complete the HMRU Hazardous Materials Operations Course and WMD Crime Scene Course, which teach the students how to respond safely and effectively to a hazardous materials crime scene.
In 2006 the HMRU deployed on 57 missions, completed 190 scientific assessments, and provided operational advice via 219 conference calls.
In January 2006, members of the HMRU provided presentations on WMD awareness at a meeting of the FBI's Richmond Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
The HMRU responded to an anthrax incident in the New York area in February 2006.
In July 2006 the Rochester Resident Agency of the FBI's Buffalo Field Office requested the assistance of the HMRU to help the Rochester Police Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation investigate a case involving an individual who had recently been evicted from his apartment.
The HMRU currently supports 27 Hazardous Materials Response Teams (HMRTs) operating in FBI field offices.
In 2005 the HMRU deployed on 75 missions, completed 220 scientific assessments, and provided operational advice via 223 conference calls.
Success for the HMRU program is linked to close and effective working relationships within the FBI, with other government agencies, and in academia.
Less than four days after the incident, a team from HMRU arrived on the scene with an overwhelming amount of pertinent scientific equipment and appropriate scientific and hazardous materials personnel.
On July 23, 2005, a team of FBI personnel responded from the FBI Laboratory, including HMRU, the Explosives Unit (EU), the Photographic Operations and Imaging Services Unit (POISU), and the Latent Print Units, as well as several members from the FBI's Washington Field Office (WFO) Hazardous