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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PGFD Bomb Squad Commander Selected for ATF Training

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department was recently notified that one of our personnel from the Office of the County Fire Marshal was selected to attend the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Certified Explosives Specialist (CES) Program.  The ATF received nearly 100 applications for just 8 open positions in the class.  The East region of the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board (NBSCAB) reviewed the applications and selected Shajahan K. Jagatiani to attend the training.  

Fire Captain Jagatiani is a 21-year member of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.  He has spent the last 12 ½ years assigned to the Office of the Fire Marshal as an Investigator and is currently serving as the Departments Bomb Squad Commander.

Hugh A. O’Connor, Bomb Tech Manager at the ATF National Center for Explosives Training and Research in Huntsville, Alabama, commented on Jagtiani selection by saying, “It certainly says something that the regional board members selected you to attend this two-year, intensive program.“

Certified Explosives Specialists (CES) are ATF’s primary resource in explosives-related matters. CESs are special agents who are highly trained in explosives investigations, the disposal of explosive materials, and all facets of the commercial explosives industry.  To learn more about the CES Program, click here.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “Congratulations are in order for Shajahan Jagtiani on his selection and for his commitment to safety for everyone in Prince George’s County. This selection is an example of the professional, experienced and talented personnel in our Department.  I wish him continued success in this very competitive class.”


There are about 469 Public Safety Bomb Squads in the Country.  The Prince George’s County Bomb Squad is one of just 8% that are supervised by a fire department.

Fire Captain Jagtiani oversees set-u for a danger of fireworks demo

Fire Captain Jagtiani observes exercise where explosives are involved




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