Before being considered as a member of the Bomb Squad you must first be a Fire Investigator. This duty entails passing a thorough background check and additional training. Prince George’s County Fire Investigators are a highly experienced and talented group that has received several awards for their work including the arrest and conviction of two serial arsonists. It is considered an honor to serve among the men and women that have earned the reputation for being among the best arson investigative group in the country.
Before an individual is even considered for this assignment, he or she must first be a fire investigator; complete arson school; undergo seven months of rigorous preparation in the County Police Training Academy; and attend a six-week training course at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Hazardous Device School (HDS). This is exactly the career path Brandon M. Goff followed to get where he is today.
|Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones congratulates Brandon Goff on |
his promotion to Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant in June 2010
|Goff attended the FBI HDS in Huntsville, Alabama|
|Goff commented about his experience at HDS, " Twenty-two others shared|
this journey with me, and for six weeks we were family."
|Goff goes through a vitals check on his first call as a member of the|
Bomb Squad on Kentucky Avenue in District Heights.
There are several veteran members of the Department on the Bomb Squad. Some are assigned to Fire Investigations, while others work in various areas throughout the Department. Regardless of their current assignments, each is diligent to maintain his or her bomb technician certification. Bomb technicians receive an additional 9 percent in special duty pay, but Goff doesn’t feel the extra pay is what makes being a member of the squad special. “I think the true benefit is the training and skill that not too many people have. “There aren’t as many bomb technicians in the country as there are police officers, firefighters, and paramedics,” he says.
|Bomb Squad Member Goff wears the protective equipment |
required to approach the suspicious package located in the
basement of a house in District Heights.
Brandon Goff, 32 years-old, is originally from Alexandria, Louisiana. When he’s not working, he enjoys hanging out with family and friends; beta testing games for Sony; attending auto shows, sporting events and concerts; and taking in a movie with his wife. His future goals include maintaining his certifications for paramedic, fit testing, law enforcement and bomb technician. He sees himself progressing up the ranks as far as he can go, even Bomb Commander. Brandon plans are to seize every opportunity for continuing education and training, including K-9 School (bomb or accelerant dog). He is currently working toward obtaining a college degree; with 60 credits under his belt, he’s halfway there.
Brandon and wife Kristina are expecting their first child in March. He desires to be a great husband and dad, and looks forward to the day when he can retire and move back south.