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International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators


Year Created: 1974

Stated Mission: “The International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) is an independent, nonprofit, international professional association formed to counter the criminal use of explosives. Our goal is achieved through the exchange of information, expertise, and training among personnel in the fields of law enforcement, fire and emergency services, the military, forensic scientists, and other related fields.”

Number of Members: 5,000+

Disciplines Served: Law enforcement, fire and emergency services, military, forensic science, and other related fields

Headquarters: Fredericksburg, Virginia


What educational opportunities does the IABTI offer?

International, Regional, and Chapter Training Conferences are held frequently to provide members with current information and bomb-disposal techniques, investigative techniques, new equipment, recent intelligence, and current legislation that pertains to explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) personnel.

What publications do the members of IABTI receive?

The Detonator, published six times a year; and the annual EOD Equipment Buyer’s Guide, which aims to be a definitive listing of EOD equipment and service providers.

What meetings, educational seminars, or other membership gatherings are offered each year?

The IABTI is comprised of seven regions, and within each region are chapters. Throughout the year, there are various chapter training events as well as regional training events. There is one annual international training event.

Does the IABTI have any programs that aid educators and students in the field of bomb investigation?

The IABTI has established the IABTI Benevolent Scholarship Fund for members and their dependents who are enrolled—or planning to enroll—as full-time undergraduate or graduate students in an accredited two year, four year, or vocational school.

What other benefits do professionals derive from membership with the organization?

The best reason to join IABTI is the network of bomb technicians, investigators, and explosive-detection K-9 professionals. Our website has improved tenfold over the last two years and has a “members only” section loaded with resources for training. Our magazine, The Detonator, is published six times a year and is the only publication dedicated to bomb technicians and investigators. The Detonator provides technical information, bulletins, and advertisements for explosive-incident related tools and technology. Members are also eligible for IABTI scholarships, as well as accidental death benefits of up to $10,000.

Beyond the standard benefits, are there any other reasons why professionals should choose to be members of this organization?

The IABTI training events offer members the opportunity to network with other bomb technicians and investigators from around the world.

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The language barrier between English-speaking investigators and Spanish-speaking witnesses is a growing problem. (Updated 28 February 2011)