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Belgium officer among those training locally

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Belgium officer among those training locally

CBS46 News


An elite group of police personnel trained for the fight against ISIS Tuesday in rural Alabama. CBS46 got an exclusive look at the training, run by the group Tripwire Operations.

“It isn’t, ‘If it’s going to happen,’ it’s ‘When it’s going to happen’ that’s the bottom line,” CEO Ryan Morris said. “We’re doing out of the box thinking.”

Morris used one pound of homemade explosives to detonate a vehicle. The lesson being taught was how to recognize and prevent explosives, similar to those seen Tuesday in the attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Morris and his team teach officers from around the world.

“Ultimately explosives are the same around the world,” he said. “The threat is there, it’s very real.”

Among the officers on hand for Tuesday’s training, a Belgium security official working alongside Morris’ team.

“What happened today, I was expecting this,” Joris Kerckof said of Tuesday’s terror attacks in his home country of Brussels.

Joris said the lessons being taught by Morris and his team are unique and critical to the fight against ISIS.

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Improvised Explosive Formulation Courses

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HME First Responder

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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.

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K9-14: Criminal Interdiction Course

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K9-14: Criminal Interdiction Course

Tripwire’s criminal interdiction training in PA consists of a comprehensive 16-hour course specifically designed for patrol/K-9 officers. Criminal interdiction courses are offered by our Training Division, which has been providing explosives-related training for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies for nearly a decade. All our tactical K9 training courses are conducted by seasoned professionals who are dedicated to serving the needs of First Responders across the U.S.

Learn How to Interact With Your Canine

A highlight of our criminal interdiction course is teaching K-9 officers how to interact effectively with their dogs during interdiction. In this tactical K9 training course, you’ll learn how to use your dog to accurately identify drugs and other contraband, and also identify homemade explosive labs.

Our criminal interdiction training also explores the various safety procedures when investigating clandestine labs. Finally, as a part of this tactical K9 training course, you’ll review case law that will serve as an invaluable guide during the interdiction of contraband.

Developing and Establishing Reasonable Suspicion

Our criminal interdiction training courses take a close look at the concept of reasonable suspicion. You’ll learn about each of the key elements involved in developing reasonable suspicion, and you’ll discover the appropriate actions to take upon establishing that reasonable suspicion exists in a particular situation.

Conducting an Effective Roadside Interview

All patrol officers will benefit from the portion of our criminal interdiction course pertaining to conducting a roadside interview. You’ll learn how to “look beyond the ticket” to gain a more in-depth understanding of the situation at hand.

The course includes a practical, scenario-based training experience that can be applied to real-world interdiction situations. Other training courses we offer include explosives training, homeland security training, K-9 inert device training and much more.


Criminal Interdiction

Homeland Security Training Courses

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Homeland Security Training in PA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is singularly focused on protecting our nation from the many internal and external threats we face on a daily basis. The Training Division of Tripwire Operations Group offers Homeland Security training courses designed to meet the specific needs of First Responders charged with the heavy responsibility of keeping us safe and secure.

Criminal Interdiction Course

Our K9-14: Criminal Interdiction Course is a 16-hour Homeland Security training program intended for patrol/K-9 officers. This DHS police training course includes a combination of classroom instruction and practical scenario-based exercises encompassing critical areas such as interacting effectively with canines during interdiction, identifying contraband and homemade explosive labs, developing and establishing reasonable suspicion, and following clandestine laboratory safety procedures.

MSCC-01 Multi State Concealed Carry Course 

This 4-hour course offers comprehensive classroom instruction that can ultimately help you obtain a Non-Resident Utah Concealed Firearm Permit. This will allow you to legally carry a concealed firearm in 35 states. Our DHS police training course topics include proper firearm selection, how to carry a handgun, firearm safety and much more. Live firearms training is not included in this Homeland Security course. Learn more about our DHS training course opportunities in PA by exploring the individual course descriptions found below.

We also offer explosives training, K-9 training and much more.

MSCC-01 Multi State Concealed Carry Permit Course in PA (4 hours)

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This is a 4-hour, all classroom-based Concealed Carry Permit Certification Training Course that allows you to be eligible to apply for a Non-Resident Utah Concealed Firearm Permit that is valid in over 35 states.

The multi state concealed carry permit course in PA is taught by a Certified Utah BCI Instructor (who is also an NRA Certified Instructor) and meets the training requirements for Virginia, Utah & Florida (the last two being both premiere multi-state CCWs), as well as the training requirement for most all state CCWs. The Utah CFP/CCW alone provides concealed carry privileges in over 35 states and combined with a Virginia resident permit, nearly 40 states.

Additionally, if participants so desire, they can also opt to apply for resident or non-resident Virginia,West Virginia or Pennsylvania CCW permits.

The multi state concealed carry permit course in PA will cover such topics as selecting a firearm, how best to carry and transport the handgun, general firearms safety, situational awareness, proper shooting fundamentals, firearm storage and basic firearm maintenance and care. Additionally, we will extensively cover information on concealed carry law, how to handle law enforcement encounters, defensive regulations and case law related to defense of both life and property. We will spend time discussing less-than lethal options for personal protection.

There is no written test or quiz and all of the information provided is about general gun safety, concealed carry law and general best practices

Tuition for this course includes complimentary fingerprinting which is required to be submitted along with the Utah Multi-State CCW application packet.

This course does not require any live-fire and there is no physical shooting component; therefore, you do not need to own or possess a handgun to participate. Utah does not require any live fire as part of their training requirements; however Florida regulations do require that you must demonstrate proficiency with a live-fire exercise.

The course rate is $99.00.

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