WASHINGTON — Some local firefighters have put their bomb-technician skills to the test this season, not by taking something apart but by building electronic Easter eggs.
“It warms my heart, personally,” says Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department Bomb Squad Commander Shajahan Jagtiani.
Bomb Squad team members spent five hours building 48 special eggs using wires, circuits and batteries as part of an electronics review.
“It’s really helping us … it’s a review for us. But we’re helping others, and that’s why we all became firefighters,” Jagtiani said.
Most, but not all, of the eggs are now with the Prince George’s County Public Schools Vision Program, which works with children who are blind or visually impaired.
“We held a couple back just in case we get any type of request for other visually impaired children,” Jagtiani said. “We’d be more than happy to donate them.”
To contact county fire department investigators about possibly receiving these eggs, you can call 301-583-2200.
“Beeping egg” parts and components are donated to fire departments nationwide by the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators.
The group, based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, helps advise people who want to hold beeping egg events.
Suggestions include using a secure area free of holes and large rocks and to put blindfolds on partially sighted and sighted siblings, so they’re not the ones finding all the eggs.