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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office celebrates first woman bomb technician

Sgt. Samantha Harwood, center, poses with LCSO command staff. Harwod is the first woman with the LCSO to earn safety bomb technician certification. Courtesy Photo
A member of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office joined a select few after receiving her certification as a United States Public Safety Bomb Technician from the Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

Sgt. Samantha Harwood, a more than 11-year-veteran of the LCSO, is the first woman in the history of the agency to be certified as a bomb technician, LCSO officials said. Nationally, 1 to 2 percent of the over 2,700 certified bomb techs are women. The FBI’s Hazardous Devices School remains the nation’s single source of certified training for bomb technicians with the latest technologies and methods. Sgt. Harwood graduated from the school on Feb. 16.

The training includes six weeks of intense training on the identification of and response strategies to suicide bombers including dialogue, lethal force and bomb removal, use of canine bomb detection units, identification of explosive devices and neutralization strategies, public safety responses to be enacted around a bomb or WMD, use of X-ray systems, robots and bomb defusing equipment, proper analysis, storage, and disposal of defused explosive devices and coordination of police, fire and bomb team personnel during a crisis incident.

Sgt. Harwood has been a member of the Loudoun County Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team since 2012. The team is made up of members of the LCSO and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office.


while I agree with the 2nd thru recent statements..you guys are the same ones that name-call anyone else (depending on the party)so it seems kinda ridiculous.
Kudos to Harwood-whom the article is about.

After the events in Florida I am glad we have Chapman as our Sheriff.

Had Sheriff Chapman not been pictured, there is no doubt that RepresentingTheMambo would have blasted him for ignoring the accomplishments of his female subordinates. Way to go Sgt. Harwood! And good luck Mambo in the next election. You’ll need it!

Fantastic! Great to see her with all the man technicians!

Representing the Mambo clearly has an issue with Sheriff Chapman. Perhaps Mambo is a former deputy or employee? Those sour grapes don’t taste too good, do they Mambo?

@ representing the mambo, he is the Sheriff. why would he not take part in honoring his Deputy’s accomplishments? On another note, big day for women’s equality, Female Bomb tech. Congrats!

EOD is scary work.  Congratulations Sgt. Harwood!

Most leaders want to show support for their employees by taking the time recognize significant achievements. In fact, virtually every award I can recall being given out in organizations where I worked included the senior leader giving the award to the recipient in front of their peers. Pictures were taken of the award transfer. Odd comment below.

Must Chapman interject himself in every picture? BTW, Nice dye job, Mikey. Gotta look good for the public, right?

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