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HME Formulations Course

June 16 - June 17


The growing weapon of choice for criminals and terrorists throughout the world are improvised (homemade) explosives (HME) 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. These courses provide critical information needed to stay safe, while remaining effective.

This 2-day course will familiarize emergency personnel 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. 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.

If students are explosive detection K9 handlers, and bring their dogs, there will be opportunities to imprint on all formulations synthesized during the course.


June 16
June 17


Tripwire Operations Group
1685 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg,PA17325United States
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