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That's right, Macon Police use technology to do the dirty work, especially when a tough situation can turn into an explosion.
"Everything that the body can do, the robot can do," said Sergeant Wilton Collins of the Macon Police Department.
Whenever a serious bomb threatens Collins and the Macon Bomb Squad meet the explosive head on with a unique counter attack. The team uses a state of the art bomb killing Robot to get the job done.
"Last year we went out 22 different times the bomb squad was called. We use the robot as a surveillance platform. Running it from the truck we may have a barricaded gunman, a hostage taker, we can use it because it has two way communication," said Collins.
The robot features three cameras that run a fiber optic signal back to the truck where the Bomb Squad can see the situation a good distance away from the explosive.
"Depending on what the robots doing, if you're trying to negotiate stairs it would depend on what camera we're actually utilizing at the time. But it puts it right on what the components are doing, what the arms are doing we try to watch it to make sure because we may be 150 yards away," said Collins.
At times the bomb robot cannot be used, and when that happens bomb squad members rely on a protective suit to shield them from the blast.
"We have full body coverage as far as arms, legs, our chest. We wear helmets that have thick face plates, so we try to provide as much protection as we can for the officer or technician while still giving him some mobility and the ability to work," said Billy Skinner of the Macon Bomb Squad.
The robot features a water cannon that shoots a precise shot and keep the bomb from going off. In a hostile bomb threat, saving lives is ultimate priority for the bomb squad, even if it means destroying a robot worth more than $100-thousand dollars.