Metro to boost improvised explosives protection

WASHINGTON — Metro is working to boost protection against improvised explosive devices.

Metro says a $351,000 grant will pay for new equipment that can jam radio signals of remote-controlled devices. It will also fund training for bomb squad members, and allow Metro to participate in the FBI’s National Electronic Countermeasures system.

The equipment includes two vehicles and two systems with a vehicle-mounted jammer and portable jammer. Metro plans to make the equipment available to other accredited bomb squads in the region.

Metro’s Board of Directors will vote later this month on a measure to add the grant to the 2011 budget and authorize Metro to award a contract for the equipment.

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