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Inside Look at Our Anti-Terror Training Facility

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Inside look at anti terror training facility


Erin Burnett Out Front | Source: CNN Added on 7:35 PM ET, Thu March 24, 2016 CNN’s Nick Valencia reports on police efforts to see how terrorists make their deadly bombs with ordinary household products.

Sniffing out terrorism from Central PA

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Sniffing out terrorism from Central PA

POSTED 10:05 PM, MARCH 10, 2016, BY AMY LUTZ, UPDATED AT 05:01AM, MARCH 11, 2016

A dog’s nose may just be one of the best weapons against terrorism, and a company that specializes in explosives training all across the country, is based right here in Central PA.

“I think people are forgetting 9-11, and that it can happen here,” says Ryan Morris.

“If you have a drug dog that misses a joint, somebody is gonna get high, but if these guys miss a bomb, that could be somebody dying.”The veteran police officer of 20 years and former Department of Homeland Security Employee, says that’s why he created Tripwire Operations Group in Mount Joy Township, Adams County.

“Look at what’s going on in the world today. It’s not if it’s gonna happen, it’s when it’s gonna happen, so the best defense is to train our first responders and our military personnel to such a level that they are able to adequately protect and keep their jurisdiction safe.”

Tripwire is responsible for a large amount of explosives throughout the United States, from the Department of State to the TSA. However, they don’t just provide the explosives. Since 2005, they have provided in-classroom explosives-related training to hundreds of state and local government agencies, as well as the Department of Defense, ATF, and the FBI. This now includes offering K9 officers and training for them and their partners.

Lieutenant David Goddfrey with the York County Sheriff’s Office says that the training they receive from Tripwire is invaluable. “If you have a drug dog that misses a joint, somebody is gonna get high, but if these guys miss a bomb, that could be somebody dying,” he said.

He says that last year, he and his partner Captain Dargo responded to more than 50 calls and it seems to be increasing every year. The problem, he says, is that having a K9 officer is a very expensive and time-consuming process.

Morris isn’t letting that stop him from doing everything he can to prepare first responders all over the country for the worst. “The best feeling is when we get calls from overseas to tell us, hey- the training we received from you just saved someone’s life…so that’s the best feeling,” he said.

Tripwire supports the AUSA

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Tripwire Supports the AUSA

Tripwire is a proud corporate sponsor of the Association of the United State Army.

AUSA is a private, non-profit educational organization that supports America’s Army – Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees, Government Civilians, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and family members. AUSA provides numerous Professional Development Opportunities at a variety of events both local and national.

Our Mission
AUSA represents every American Soldier by:
– Being the voice for all components of America’s Army
– Fostering public support of the Army’s role in national security
– Providing professional education and information programs

Our Vision
As the premier voice for America’s Soldiers, we are a dedicated team committed to building the best professional and representative association for the world’s best Army.

Our Values
– Excellence
– Innovation
– Professionalism
– Inclusiveness
– Integrity
– Responsiveness

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Improvised Explosives

Improvised Explosive Formulation Courses

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HME First Responder

To Register for a class or for more information please fill out the form below:

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Improvised Explosive Formulations BASIC Awareness & Operational Level Courses

Improvised explosives: BASIC awareness (1-day) The most common weapon being utilized by criminals and terrorists throughout the world is improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that contain improvised (homemade) explosives. As a first responder, you are increasingly more likely to encounter this type of hazard while responding to an emergency than most. This counter-improvised explosive device training course will provide you with the basic information required to keep yourself and your teammates safe. During this 1-day course, students will learn to identify basic improvised explosives, identify chemical precursors and equipment used in the illicit manufacture of improvised explosives, the hazards associated with each precursor, how-to or how-not-to handle items, and safety precautions to be taken. Our staff consists of current and former Bomb/EOD Technicians who have the operational experience necessary to provide this training. There is no alternative for this counter-improvised explosive device training. As a first responder you are in the business of saving lives, and this course will further your ability to do so. IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVES: OPERATIONAL KNOWLEDGE (2-DAY) This course is designed for the operational first responder…the first there. In addition to the information provided in the basic awareness course, listed above, students will be safely exposed to real improvised explosive formulations, including several peroxide based mixtures such was TATP, which was used in the recent Paris attacks. Students will witness, first-hand, the sensitivity and destructive power of improvised explosives, how to safely operate (if necessary) while improvised mixtures are present, methods of desensitization, as well as a live range demonstration. There is no alternative for this real-world based counter-improvised explosive device training. If you want to be operating at your optimal level and be ready to deal with the threat of improvised explosives and improvised explosive labs, you need to attend this course! Improvised Explosive Formulation Courses

Cost: Basic Awareness: $100.00

Operational (Advanced) Knowledge: $300.00

WHEN: Weekly (Basic: Tuesday) (Advanced: Tuesday/Wednesday)

Where: 1685 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Register by e-mail or phone: • 717-648-2792



For more information on the K-9 Version of this class please click here.

Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Feb/March 2015 Tripwire Article

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Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Feb/March 2015 Tripwire Article

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by DonalD J. Mihalek


Providing toptier products and training for EOD operators and more!

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was the scene of the most climatic battle of the Civil War.

During this conflict, over 90,000 Union and 70,000 Confederate troops met in what would be the turning point of that great conflict. That battle saw each side receive over 23,000 casu- alties. On the third day of the battle, at around 1:00 p.m., 150 to 170 Confederate guns began an artillery bombardment of the Union lines in what was perhaps the largest of the war. In short order, 80 Union cannons answered that bombardment until 3:00 p.m. When the cannon fire subsided, 12,500 Confederate soldiers stepped from the ridgeline and advanced the three quarters of a mile to Cemetery Ridge in what is known to history as “Pickett’s Charge.” The Confederates suffered a casualty rate over 50 percent, losing over 6,000 men, many of whom were lost to Union cannon fire.

For a location revered in the annals of his- tory as the pivotal moment that changed the prospects for the war, due in large part to the amount of explosives used on the battlefield, it seems appropriate to house an explosives business there. Tripwire Operations Group is proud to call Gettysburg home.

First responders

Tripwire Operations Group is a company founded and run by first responders who are dedicated to ensuring that first responders have all the training and skills necessary to keep America safe. The staff at Tripwire believes that “the most highly trained create a safer America.”

Tripwire provides a full range of services for first responders and those tasked with protecting people. These services include a research, de velopment and evaluation division, an explosives sales and training division, K9 training and its new special effects division. If a first responder needs it, Tripwire might be able to provide it.

Firearms & more

Tripwire holds a Class 3 ATF license allowing the company to create and manufacture different variations of firearms for first responders.

Explosives and guns go hand in hand, and Group offers training in both to help first responders save lives.

Some of the unique items Tripwire has created include the Posi-Lock Chassis, fitted to the Remington 700 action, which was designed from the ground up for stability and adaptability. It weighs only 3.06 pounds and accepts the LEAP stock or any collapsible AR-15 stock. It’s also customizable with AR-15 trigger guards and grips. The body of the chassis incorporates two integral Picatinny rail sections. The one at the forward end of the chassis is intended for a bipod as well as a 3-inch-wide block for F Class bench shooters. For a hunting chassis you could attach a sling swivel. This stock also features an integrated magazine well that accepts magazines from Accuracy International and Accurate Mag. The chassis is machined to 0.03 inches of linear movement for the bolt, so the recoil lug will make a positive lock against the lug wall, and the surface has been hardcoat anodized per military specifications, making it stable and abrasion resistance.

The LEAP stock from Tripwire is made in the U.S.A. and is the one of the lightest, ergonomic, adjustable precision stocks I found on the market to date. The stock is made entirely of 6061-T6 aluminum with a military grade hard coat anodizing. At only 28 ounces overall and 70 percent of the weight at the shoulder end of the buffer tube, the LEAP stock can offer better balance for longer and heavier barrels.


Tripwire is one of the few ATF licensed explosive materials manufacturers, importers, exporters and dealers in the country. Tripwire’s catalog includes detonators and detonating cord, shock tube, safety fuse, cast boosters, electric matches, plastic bonded explosives, dynamite, TNT, jet perforators, Watergel, Kinepak, TexPak, ANFO and explosive range materials and equipment. These materials go hand in hand with Tripwire’s extensive explosives training offerings, which include training for explosives use and handling, explosives detection, explosives breaching and K9 handler explosive detection.

Sehoy Tactical

In addition to Tripwire’s extensive train- ing facility in Gettysburg, Tripwire has part- nered with Sehoy Tactical, which offers 25,000 acres of diverse training grounds. On this training compound is a 1-mile airstrip certified for planes as large as a C-130 as well two aircraft hangars capable of housing one large and several small aircraft/UAVs. Sehoy also has a 440-acre, deep water lake capable of accommodating waterborne operations from water landings, airborne training and recovery operations to diving certifications. Sehoy has numerous large open areas suitable for small to medium scale airborne, military free-fall and pathfinder operations. Sehoy also offers accommodations for tests and evaluations on almost any scales.

Since 2005, Tripwire has provided explosives-related training and products to the Department of Defense, many federal law enforcement agencies and hundreds of state and local government agencies. Some of the company’s key clients include the U. S. Department of Defense, the ATF, the FBI, the Secret Service, the Virginia State Police and the New Jersey State Police. Combined, Tripwire has over 100 years of experience in law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical service, hazmat, SWAT/SRT, corporate security and bomb squad functions. This is why over 10,000 first responders have come to Tripwire to ensure that have what they need to best protect America. For more information, visit or call 888-330-7015.                                                                                                                                        FeB/MaR 2015 • guns & weapons

Explosive Ordnance Recognition Course

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5 Day EOR


This course is currently instructed in Gettysburg, PA at Tripwire Operations Group and at Sehoy Tactical in Hurtsboro, AL. Contact us below for more information.

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Tripwire Operations Group in conjunction with MREL has developed a 5 day Explosive Ordnance Course. This explosive ordnance disposal training course provides the participant with the comprehensive knowledge to rapidly recognize and accurately identify unexploded military ordnance, as well as, the understanding of basic ordnance functioning and terminology.


Land Service Ammunition:

*Fuzes and Functioning





*Booby Traps


Air Delivered Weapons:


*Incendiary and Pyrotechnic

*Dispensers and Payloads

*Free Flight Rockets

*Guided Weapons


IED Subscription Plan

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IED Subscription ProgramFor more information please contact us below:

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So much more than just a training aid, our custom K9 training aids are visually and x-ray correct. This explosive detection dog training kit also contains our exclusive “scent cavity” in which live explosive material or pseudo scent may be placed. Combining all these factors into a single training aid provides the K9 with a complete sight-picture for maximum training effectiveness.

Contact us for our IED subscription plan!



Post Blast Investigations: Mass Disaster Recovery and Processing

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Post Blast Investigations: Mass Disaster Recovery and Processing Provides practical experience in operational procedures and training for the development of implementable policies in the aftermath of a large-scale bomb scene with casualties. This course will provide training in fundamental scene recovery protocols and spatial techniques to properly process and document a large-scale forensic scene.

Attendants will be provided with an introduction to explosives, including military, commercial, and improvised explosive devices. Lectures will range from air and post blast pathologies, structural effects of explosives on buildings and landscapes, bomb scene investigations, and incident scene operations. Guidelines will be discussed for appropriately assessing local and regional threat levels.

Protocols designed specifically for mass disaster situations were based on forensic archaeological techniques and require four steps for efficient and effective scene processing: 1) intensive and thorough line-search for and location of physical evidence, 2) collection of three-dimensional spatial data and assignment of field specimen numbers, 3) photographic documentation, and 4) physical evidence collection, preservation, and removal from the scene. Lastly, the morgue infrastructure will be detailed to expedite the post-recovery identification efforts.

The course has two different approaches, theoretical and hands-on. Participants will have two days in the classroom learning the theory behind both explosive analytics and forensic archaeological method and then two days participating in hands-on practical field exercises focusing on techniques learned in the classroom.

Course Schedule may be found by clicking here. PostBlastDocumenation&Analysis_syllabus 2

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