Second graders get demonstration of bomb robot

Bob is a $125,000, remote-controlled robot designed to investigate suspicious packages that could be explosive devices.

Posted: Feb 21, 2019 7:57 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2019 8:40 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Second graders at Perry Hill Elementary got a demonstration Thursday morning of the Fort Wayne Police Department's bomb robot, Bob. 

Bob is a $125,000, remote-controlled robot designed to investigate suspicious packages that could be explosive devices. 

He's been with the Fort Wayne Police Department for about 14 years, and they've had to pull him out a few times. 

Bob brings the department comfort in knowing if an explosive device is found, and detonates while it's being moved, no one will be hurt. 

"Bob is remote controlled. He's got a claw that can grab heavy or light items, and move them from point A to point B. He's equipped with two 12 gauge shotguns that we use to disrupt packages," said Phillip Ealing, a bomb technician with FWPD. 

Bob also has a laser, a microphone, and removable big wheels to get into tight places. 

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