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Raven’s Challenge: Not Your Average Competition

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Raven's Challenge: Not Your Average Competition

Raven’s Challenge: Not Your Average Competition

Raven’s Challenge: A joint DOD/Federal and international Bomb Squad/EOD training competition where teams participate in hyper-realistic bomb scenarios.

Ravens Challenge - EOD - borescope

Raven’s Challenge competitors get ready for the competition.

Specifically, the North West Region Raven’s Challenge is a five day event held in Elma, Washington attended by bomb squads and military EOD personnel from several states, agencies and Canada. The 8th annual challenge, sponsored by ATF, is designed to exercise and build realistic regional inter-agency capability to respond with explosive threats and evaluate military cohesive team work and law enforcement.

According to ATF, scenarios include the detonation of a bomb on a bus with a secondary device, a Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) near a transportation node, a booby trap device in a sealed container, IED’s on critical infrastructure targets, and many more. ATF also states that the challenge runs at the same times as three other events in Huntsville, Washington DC, and Phoenix. All of the live events from the multiple challenges are sent directly to DC so that the FBI command center  can analyze the data and create the “big picture” for post-challenge investigation of a national terrorist assault.

Royal Canadian Navy -Bomb Disposal - borescope

Bomb Disposal equipment from the Royal Canadian Navy

RF System Lab is honored and excited to have received an invitation to participate in this challenge. The VJ-Advance articulating video borescope is being used for challenges by the Seattle Bomb Squad to assist in their efforts investigating and defeating IED threats. Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, is currently observing the action at the event.

Interested in learning more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist with Military EOD scenarios? Check out the RF System Lab website or call 888-787-6526 for additional information.

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