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AAA Auto Glass Meets a Bomb-Defusing Robot

Windshield glass donation helps with Rhode Island's bomb-squad training.

AAA Auto Glass recently donated defective windshields to the state bomb squad, and in return, AAA employees were invited to watch a bomb-defusing robot at work.

The robot is operated by the state Technical Services Unit (aka the bomb squad), a division of the state Fire Marshal’s Office. The team of six responds to roughly 300 calls across the state annually, investigating all incidents involving explosive materials.

“It was definitely interesting to see how the robot is used,” said Brian Butterworth, manager of AAA Auto Glass Operations. “To be able to support that and know that we’re keeping people safe is a good feeling.”

When AAA finds defective auto glass in its inventory, it puts it to good use. It’s commonly used for internal training and donations like these.

“We have what’s known as a ‘glass dynamics training,’ where we talk about the properties of different types of glass,” Butterworth said. “We demonstrate the difference between a laminated piece of glass and tempered glass. Being able to do something different every day and knowing that we’re helping people are the most rewarding aspects of my job.”

In addition to supporting AAA members, AAA Auto Glass Operations repair and replace glass for the state- and community-owned vehicles, including police cars, vans, buses and fire trucks.

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