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Personal Protection K9

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Belgium officer among those training locally

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Belgium officer among those training locally

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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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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 assists with K9 training

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Tripwire assists with K9 training; Written by Chris Cappella, The Evening Sun

The speed limit on the main road just a few hundred feet from Tripwire Operations Group near Gettysburg is 45 miles per hour.

At first glance, the tractor-trailers and cars going by might seem dangerous for the dogs running around the property. They’re not on a leash, and there’s no fence.

However, these aren’t your ordinary dogs.

These are trained K-9s used to help sniff out fumes from bombs and detonators. Joris Kerckhof, inspector at the Federal Dog Support Unit and a silent narcotic dog handler in Belgium, was on the Tripwire campus for the week to help.

“Joris has taught me things I learned in a week here that some people, it would take years and years to learn,” said Michael Loney, a Tripwire employee. “There’s always a different way. They say in the K-9 world if you don’t learn something new every day, you’re not cut for it. That’s why we have Joris here.”

Tripwire is a multi-faceted company that helps train and educate first responders and law enforcement officers around the world, said CEO Ryan Morris. The company also sells equipment and provides free firearm safety classes to the public, he said.

Morris and Kerckhof met each other a few years ago at a K-9 conference in Nashville, Morris said. The chance to host an award-winning dog handler was something his business couldn’t pass up, he said.

“Joris is an exceptional, exceptional dog handler and a good human being. Those are the kind of people we want to absorb into this company to make us better,” Morris said.

Morris and Kerckhof were also joined by David Adebimpe. Adebimpe is the owner of ScentLogix, a training packet for K-9s that gives off specific explosive scents without the danger of the explosive itself.

Keeping the dogs out of danger is important, Kerckhof said. There are times, especially early in training sessions, where the dogs might get too excited or anxious. If that were to happen in a real situation, it could result in the loss of life.

“Not only do we not want that, but it could get expensive too,” Kerckhof said.

Adebimpe is now partnering with Morris and Tripwire to use some of their resources and connections, he said.

“This is a tough business to be in; it’s like exploiting misery” Adebimpe said. “Why should I be the guy saying hooray when there’s a bomb blast because my business might get better. It’s not good.”

The week was a good “meeting of the minds”, Adebimpe said. The trio spent long days together in training sessions and were able to throw ideas around on how to improve their companies. Getting others ready for bomb situations is a necessary evil, he said.

“It’s something we don’t pray for, but it’s something we want our troops to be ready for,” he said.

635859587659990619-HES-SD-12172015-tripwire-6(Ryan Morris, CEO of Tripwire Operations Group, shows the lab facility where explosives are made for training purposes at Tripwire’s offices Thursday morning Dec. 17, 2015 in Gettysburg)


(Joris Kerckhof, a K9 training specialist from Brussels, Belgium talks with members of Tripwire Operations Group, including CEO Ryan Morris, right, on Thursday Dec. 17, 2015 at Tripwire Operations Group in Gettysburg. Kerchkhof has been spending the week with Tripwire helping train first responders in K9 operations.)


(Ryan Morris, CEO of Tripwire Operations Group, shows a display of explosive ordinance disposal suits and equipment at Tripwire’s offices in Gettysburg on Thursday morning Dec. 17, 2015. )



(Ryan Morris, CEO of Tripwire Operations Group, explains the elements of a modified AR15 at Tripwire’s offices Thursday morning Dec. 17, 2015 in Gettysburg.)


(David Adebimpe, creator and owner of ScentLogix, a product that creates safe non-explosive odors for K9 detection programs, shows an example between a Scentlogix dynamite detection kit and real dynamite Thursday Dec. 17, 2015 at Tripwire Operations Group in Gettysburg.)

Improvised Explosives

HME and Large Hide Course- Daytona, Florida

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HME Large Hide Course

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(HME and Large Hide Course- Daytona, Florida)

Improvised Explosive Formulations Throughout the duration of this course, students will be exposed to peroxide-based improvised explosives formulations along with 12 other types of formulations. The handler will have the opportunity to imprint their K9 on all the formulations created during the course. Following imprinting, the formulations will be utilized in practical exercises, including a post-blast environment. Our staff consists of current and former Bomb/EOD Technicians and K9 handlers/trainers that have the operational experience necessary to provide this advanced training. There is no alternative for this real-world based 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! Large Hide This course is designed to provide the K9 handler with information regarding odor and training aids that have never been taught before. Students will gain extensive knowledge about the K9 Olfactory System, enabling the handler to fully understand how their dog works, unleashing their full potential. Additionally, students will learn all aspects of training aids, to include: placement, procurement, storage, vapor pressure and safe handling. Recent international and domestic case studies involving large hides and mass quantities will be covered and students will understand various factors, i.e. blast pressure and damage assessment, resulting from these events. Each team will have the opportunity to imprint their K9 on several types of large hides including conventional and improvised explosives.

Cost: $400.00 per team

WHEN: Tuesday, MARCH 15 to thursday, March 18, 2016

Where: 690 Meta Lane, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168


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

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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Tripwire Odor Recognition Test (ORT) Kit

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Tripwire Operations Group is proud to introduce the all new Tripwire Odor Recognition Test (ORT) Kit. Tripwire has created and patented a K-9 explosive kit specially designed for the National Odor Recognition Test. The kit consists of 144 vials, each individually marked, which contain 90 grams of explosive material thereby enabling the trainer/handler to use 1 vial of pre-measured explosives per test. 9 complete tests may be conducted with one kit.

The kit also contains 16 “Expended” glass jars for any and all used/contaminated explosives providing the trainer with the ability to control and account for all explosive materials.

The Odor Recognition Kits are carefully filled and measured in Tripwire Operations Group state of the art Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation lab to eliminate the possibility of cross contamination.

Price: $2995.

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