Police Rescue & Bomb Disposal
Rating: 4 / 5
This is an honest, revealing story of the elite NSW Police Rescue & Bomb Disposal Unit which for 75 years has confronted and dealt successfully with some of the most challenging and harrowing situations imaginable, including disarming powerful, improvised explosive devices and cutting people out of crashed cars.
Formed during WWII to recover bodies from Sydney’s cliffs, this unit has been the lead rescue agency in some of Australia’s best-known and most tragic events, from the Granville train disaster to the Lindt Cafe siege.
The examples of bomb disposal are particularly gripping, highlighting the nerves of steel, compassion and dedication to duty that are the core requirements for bomb technicians and police rescue operations.
It’s a fascinating insider’s experience of the drama and challenge of handling these serious events that have dominated our news media for a generation. I found this an absorbing read.