Ohio fire department announces its first certified female bomb tech

  • Source: WXIX-TV FOX 19 Newport
  • Published: 10/02/2023 12:00 AM

A Cincinnati firefighter is the first woman in the history of the Cincinnati Fire Department to be certified as a bomb technician. Firefighter Nykeba Banks joins a select few as a prestigious United States Public Safety Bomb Technician, the fire department said in a news release Monday. She received her certification from the Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. Banks was one of only two women in her six-week training class. She graduated on Sept. 22. It’s estimated that nationally only about 9% of 3,000 certified bomb techs are female, according to the city’s release. “They told us [at the school] that only 400 people would graduate from the program this year. They said that more people would climb Mt. Everest this year,” Banks said in the release.


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