• HME K-9 IMPRINTING by Charles Abernethy

Students will be exposed to peroxide-based improvised explosives (TATP & HMTD) formulations along with over 15 other types of formulations. The handler will have the opportunity to imprint their K-9 on all the formulations created during the course. Following imprinting, the formulations will be utilized in practical exercises, including a post-blast environment.


• NARCAN FOR K-9: COMBATTING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC by Jo-Anne Brenner

We’ve all seen the SitRep reports, there is a significant increase in Opioid exposures in human First Responders and we’ve seen cases of K9 exposures as well. Do you carry Narcan for your self?  What about for your four-legged partner? Learn to recognize the environmental risks, asses your K9, and Narcan (Naloxone) administration tips for K9s.


• AIRWAY HAZARDS: WHEN PLAY REWARDS BECOME PERILOUS by Jo-Anne Brenner

Your K9 performs perfectly and turns towards for their reward.  Tragically, in some cases, that same ball reward has been deadly.  We’ll review the risks of ball rewards and how to choose a #PlayitSSSSafe reward.  Then, and then teach you hands-on airway skills to save your K9s life for airway hazards include bally toys (and all those other crazy things your K9 gets into!)


• BEATING THE HEAT: PERFORMANCE, PREVENTION, AND SAVING LIVES by Jo-Anne Brenner

Did you know that the leading cause of preventable deaths, across all types of Working K9s, is Heat Emergencies?  We’ll cover actual cases specifically highlighting explosives detection K9s and you’ll learn new ways to assess and support your K9 through cooling, hydration and work-cycle strategies.


• TRAINING CANINE TO DETECT BURIED TARGETS by Paul Bunker

Criminals and terrorists are employing sophisticated techniques in an attempt to conceal their contraband. Burying caches of weapons and explosives is not a new concept and can be utilized within the USA. In fact, it is known that terrorists around the world communicate the latest techniques and methods. Magnus Ranstorp in his book, Understanding Terrorism Innovation and Learning: Al-Qaeda and Beyond when describing primary drivers of [terrorist] innovation states: “Bomb-making know how from the virtual world, training camps, learning by doing. Strategic partners equates to state sponsorship, i.e. Iranian EFP charges.” (Ranstorp & Normark, 2016). It is also theorized that terrorists and criminals will utilize techniques of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) emplacement, which would prevent discovery by carriage on a person during an event. One method is to pre-locate the IED weeks or months prior to a known event and utilize a long-term timer or remote control (RC) in the detonation of the device. This technique is known as a used tactic in Afghanistan: “roadside IEDs were also buried for significant periods, with the Taliban simply waiting for a target opportunity” (Ranstorp & Normark, 2016)

This presentation with teach the attendee:

  • The facts of buried target odor detection
  • How odor is transported through the grounds sub-surface
  • How current practices in training are flawed
  • Methods of sub surface training
  • Question & Answer session

• MATERIAL DISCRIMINATION WITH PORTABLE X-RAYS by John Howell

This course is designed to introduce the student to using the dual energy/material discrimination feature on an EOD portable x-ray system during x-ray interpretation operations when prosecuting a suspect IED. The student will be presented with IED threat components and devices in a gray-scale and material discrimination images and taught how the different types of threats respond in an x-ray image.


• TBD by Douglas Kahn

Details to follow.


• PROPER USE OF QUALIFIED K9 TEAMS FOR SAR OPERATIONS by Margo Machen DVM, PhD

The first half of the presentation will describe ways in which search managers can identify legitimate canine teams to utilize in searches. It will also present some of the consequences of using canine teams that are not legitimately qualified and the resulting legal ramifications. The second half of the presentation will focus on how to deploy canines certified in various disciplines effectively in search scenarios.


• EXTREMISTS INTERDICTION (UNDERSTANDING TERRORISM) by Shay Maimoni

This class was crafted and designed by Shay Maimoni, who’s Israeli background and life experience bring a unique perspective in understanding terrorism, and enable him to deliver a baseline relating to proper identification and apprehension of the world’s most dangerous threats to the country and the internationally. Having been raised in Israel and serving in the Israeli military, Shay was exposed to many terrorism acts. He has done vast research on the subject of terrorism and speaks English, Spanish, Hebrew and some Arabic – utilizing his international exposure to the culture, political atmosphere and religious knowledge of the various groups to properly identify the extremist elements within each sub-group. Beginning with the familiarization of the regional influences such as culture, historic events and religious ideologies, we are able to present a foundation of the Middle East for the officer to better understand baseline attitudes and specific norms of the region and its peoples. The political past and present standing of various groups are explored to help the student officer understand the various factors effecting different countries and specific extremist elements in the area. Various religious groups are discussed in an effort to teach the student officer ways to minimize profiling and misinterpretation of the legitimate religious practices that are adopted and manipulated by extremist elements to justify terrorism ideologies. Once armed with this knowledge, various terrorist groups will be discussed. The student officer will learn about the motivations and tactics commonly used to better distinguish between the groups and determine their possible purpose. Groups such as Al-Qaeda, Jubat Al-Nusra, Hamas, PLO, PFLP, Hezbollah, Al-Shabab and many other known groups will be discussed. Distinction is made to differentiate between law-abiding religious practices to those commonly used by extremists to justify their actions.


• TBD by Scott McGonigal NREMT/WMD-HT

Details to follow.


• TBD by George McKerrow

Details to follow.


• INTRO TO HOMEMADE EXPLOSIVE (HME) FORMULATIONS (CLASSROOM) by Ryan Morris

The growing weapon of choice for criminals and terrorists throughout the world are improvised (homemade) explosives and improvised explosive devices (IED). More than ever before, first responders are increasingly more likely to encounter this type of hazard while performing routine operations. This course provides the basic, yet critical information needed to stay safe, while remaining effective. Students will learn to identify common improvised explosives, chemical precursors and the equipment used in the illicit manufacture of improvised explosives; the hazards associated with precursors and manufacturing; and safe operating procedures.


• TRACKING AND HUMAN REMAINS DETECTION (HRD) by David Moyer

Dave Moyer is a world class K9 trainers currently training police K9 handlers in Europe, South America, and the United States. His specialties are tracking and human remains detection. Dave has proven himself to be particularly adept at locating clandestine graves in very difficult conditions as well as general human remains detection. Police, Military, and SAR handlers and administrators will find Dave’s no-nonsense style of training quite refreshing as he talks about the proper deployment of Human Remains Detection K9’s.


• THE WORLD OF MUZZLE TRAINING  by James O’Brien

Jim will open your minds to the many uses of the muzzle. The muzzle is a great tool for bridging the gap between bite work with equipment and real-life street bites. Jim will go over several steps to building a confident K9. Muzzle scenarios will be explained including obedience, ball play, tracking, civil agitation, building searches, area searches and more. Jim will also explain the importance of selection of our canine partner to ensure we are choosing the best possible partner.


• MEDICAL & PHYSIOLOGICAL CONDITIONS AFFECTING OLFACTORY ACUITY IN EDDs by Lee Palmer DVM, MS, DACVECC, CCRP, EMT-T, WEMT, NRP, TP-C, Lieutenant Colonel, USAR

Explosive detection canines (EDCs) are force multiplier’s in supporting the Global War on Terrorism. Their ability for protect society’s freedom is highly dependent on their capability to detect explosive odors in various amounts and in a variety of environmental situations. Even the slightest impairment in an EDC’s olfactory acuity (keenness of smell) places human lives at a catastrophic risk. It is imperative for EDC handlers to know what conditions may directly and indirectly alter their EDC’s sense of smell. This lecture will touch upon common factors that may influence an EDC’s olfactory acuity.


• INTRO TO HOMEMADE EXPLOSIVE (HME) FORMULATIONS (RANGE DEMO) by Andy Pottorff

This course will familiarize students with the chemical precursors associated with improvised/homemade explosive (HME) formulations, the scientific and improvised equipment used during the manufacturing process, the hazards surrounding chemical precursors and improvised mixtures, several of the most popular mixtures during various stages of manufacture, and how to safely operate in improvised explosive situations and environments. Additionally, students will synthesize several real-world mixtures, conduct sensitivity testing of crafted mixtures, test and evaluate methods of desensitization, and finally witness the destructive power of these formulas on the demolition range.


• TBD by Jason Purgason

Details to follow.


• BASIC TRACKING & TRAILING by Jeff Schettler

Jeff will delve in to the art of urban tracking for the novice and advanced handler. His style is based on learning predictive K9 body language as it relates to productive sources of odor in a hard surface environment. Jeff has been training police and SAR K9 handlers the art of urban tracking for over 20 years not only in the United States and South America, but also throughout most of Europe and now China. Jeff has written four books on the subject of trailing and tracking: Red Dog Rising, K9 Trailing; The Straightest Path, Tactical Tracker Teams; a Guide to High Risk Manhunts, and the Tao of Trailing.


• TACTICAL TRACKING by Jeff Schettler

This class is a must see for any handler or administrator interested in tracking high risk, armed subjects. Jeff’s program began in 1998 and is now the basis for many modern police and military tracking programs. Jeff specializes is Counter SERE and ambush training for K9 handlers working tracking dogs. This class will cover the basics of the tactical team and its deployment as well as the four phases of the proximity alert of the K9. Jeff has written four books on the subject of trailing and tracking: Red Dog Rising, K9 Trailing; The Straightest Path, Tactical Tracker Teams; a Guide to High Risk Manhunts, and the Tao of Trailing.


• FIRST RESPONDER UTILIZATION OF DRONES AND OVERVIEW OF DRONE-BORNE IEDS by Jeremy Stafford

This course will cover topics from SOP’s to 107 and COA’s. During the hands-on flying we will cover techniques, situational awareness and tips for best performance. We also discuss the current counter-drone laws and drone detection technologies available to law enforcement.


• K9 HIGH-RISK DEPLOYMENT by Ted Stickels & Eric Stanbro

Details to follow.


 

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