Pyrotechnics Training for LE & Bomb Squad Personnel
This course has been provided to regional bomb squads around the country, to ATF, and to other entities for over 15-years. It focuses on both basic identification of pyrotechnic materials and equipment and has an extensive and hands-on live fire, field exercise component. Pyrotechnic materials account for a significant percentage of enforcement workload and contribute disproportionately to injuries and accidents. This course is designed to provide the student with a practical working knowledge of pyrotechnics so that hazards may be identified and safely mitigated. Small quantity render-inert techniques are taught that minimize time on target, utilize low net explosive weights, and which can be accomplished using inexpensive and non-specialized explosive materials available to all bomb squads. It includes demonstrations of blast injuries from pyrotechnics using flesh surrogates. Practical exercises are conducted by small groups within the class under the observation and supervision of instructors. This course is of particular benefit to those enforcement personnel called to respond to pyrotechnic display accidents, seizures, and interdiction of illicit manufacturers.
The lead instructor, Dr. John Steinberg, developed and has been teaching this course since 2001. It was provided for ATF SA-CES personnel for many years and has been provided to numerous regional bomb squads including NYPD, N J State Police, Red River Regional Bomb Squad, etc. Dr. Steinberg serves on the Maryland Explosives Advisory Council within the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal. He has extensive experience in law enforcement training. He is assisted by Thomas Handel, a retired Naval Intelligence Officer and other skilled instructors.