Training Course Overviews

Tripwire offers everything needed to keep police, fire, HAZMAT,  EMS, military, and all other first responder type personnel safe while conducting their operations. Our training courses are where functionality meets flexibility. Any of our courses can be custom tailored to fit your specific needs and requirements, as well as able to be conducted at Tripwire’s facility in Gettysburg, or brought to a location of your choosing. Click a course for more information.

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Explosives Courses

Improvised (Homemade) Explosive Formulations Courses

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.

Awareness:  This 1-day awareness level 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.

Operations:  This 2-day operational level course will build upon the awareness level course, and 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.

Combined:  As the names implies, this course combines the awareness and operational level HME courses into one 3-day course. There is absolutely 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. Our staff consists of current and former Bomb Squad & EOD Technicians who have the operational experience necessary to provide this world-class training. There is no alternative for this course, and as a first responder you are in the business of saving lives, and this course may save yours.

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Explosive Materials Handlers Course

This 3-day course of instruction is meant to introduce the student to the recognition, safe transportation, storage, safe handling, and firing of energetic materials. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will possess the skills to safely use explosives in a variety of settings.

Course content includes:

  • History and theory of explosive and explosive effects
  • Explosive safety
  • Types of explosive accessories
  • Recognition of low and high explosive formulations
  • Preparation and firing of charges using electric, non-electric, and shock tube initiated blasting caps
  • Response to misfires and other operational issues

This course is facilitated through classroom instruction as well as field training on our range.

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Post-Blast Analysis (PBA) Course

This 3-day course 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.

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Counter-Vehicle Borne IED (VBIED) Course

This 3-day course is designed for trained military EOD and Public Safety Bomb Technicians who are likely to encounter the threat of various sizes of VBIEDs and LVBIEDs. VBIEDs may be contained in a range of vehicles from small cars to large commercial vehicles, in urban and rural environments. This course defines and identifies the threats specific to various VBIEDs, the factors that will shape the threat analysis, selection of an Incident Control Point, and the formulation of a render-safe procedure. This course also looks at the methods of attacks, best use of disruption tools and methods, forensic procedures and the challenges of exploiting a post VBIED explosion site.

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Explosive Properties, Effects, and Safety for Media Personnel

Tripwire Operations Group, a leader providing explosives training to law enforcement agencies and first responders has received numerous calls from the news media after the Boston bombings. The information sought dealt with explosives, improvised explosive devices and bombing investigations. In order to ensure more accurate reporting of explosives related incidents, Tripwire has developed a course of instruction specifically for the news media. This is a 1-day course.

Classroom Instruction

  • Orientation to Conventional Explosive Formulations and Improvised Explosive Devices
  • Orientation to Homemade Explosive Formulations – the latest threats
  • Bombing Scene Search Overview collecting evidence after a blast
  • Demonstrate wearing a bomb suit and experience wearing one

Explosive Magazine Site Visit

  • Go to an explosive magazine (storage site) and view what real explosives look like
  • Observe an Explosives Detection K-9 in action

Explosives Range Demonstration

  • See certified explosives experts manufacture and initiate improvised explosive formulations
  • Experience the force of an explosive blast first-hand
  • See how evidence is collected after a bomb goes off

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IED Recognition & Mitigation Course

Extremist and terrorist employment of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) has increased the importance of a First Responder’s working knowledge of explosives and explosive devices. As the name implies, First Responders are simultaneously the personnel most threatened by, and best positioned to, identify IEDS.

Our 1-day IED Recognition and Mitigation Course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills for First Responders to not only identify potential explosive threats, but also to identify the key components critical for determining response procedures. Attendees will participate in classroom lecture and practical labs designed to enhance their understanding of how IEDs function and practical exercises focusing on the identification of an array of IEDs, their components, and triggering mechanisms.*
*EOD and Bomb Squad personnel will experience scenario-based exercises that involved advanced mitigation techniques and procedures.
Improvised Explosives Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) Course

This 3-day course is designed for those first responders and military personnel who need training dealing with the detection and sampling/collection methods of Homemade Explosive Materials. This course is will cover several detection capabilities that are on the market and will have special emphasis on the Ahura line of detection instruments. Students will receive classroom training followed by actual "lab" time. The culmination of the course will be the scenario-based events on the third day, which will require the students to utilize the skills and knowledge acquired on the previous two days.

Classroom Instruction

  • Ahura training
  • HME case studies
  • Sample collection

Field instruction

  • Ahura drills
  • Clean/dirty man techniques
  • Sensitivity tests
  • Basic HME process demonstration

Field Training Exercise

  • Domestic and International problems/scenarios
  • After Action/Debrief

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Military Explosive Ordnance Recognition (EOR) Course

This 1-day course is designed for personnel likely to encounter military ordnance during the performance of their official duties. The course covers safety precautions, describes ordnance construction characteristics, and explains the fundamentals of military ordnance fuzing.

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K-9 Courses

Large (Mass Quantity) Explosive Hide Course
This 1-day course is designed to provide the K9 Teams with information regarding odor and training aids that is not readily available to most teams. Students will gain extensive knowledge about the K9 Olfactory System, enabling the handler to fully understand how their dog works and unleash their full potential. Each team will have the opportunity to imprint their K9 on several types of large hides including conventional and improvised explosives. Attendees will have the opportunity to train with explosive weights from 25 to 5,000 pounds.
Improvised (Homemade) Explosives for K-9 Teams Course
Throughout the duration of this 3-day course, students will be exposed to peroxide-based improvised explosives formulations (TATP & HMTD) along with over 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!
K-9 and EOD Integration Course
In modern tactical law enforcement improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have become a known and persistent threat. The effective integration of SWAT and K9 Teams with Bomb Squad capabilities to deliberately and dynamically address IEDs during tactical operations has proven critical to mission success. Our 3-day tactical integration training bridges the gap between tactical operators and bomb specialists through interoperability skills training. The focal point of this training encompasses the integration of SWAT/K9 and EOD to effectively respond to IEDs in tactical environments. Attendees will participate in classroom study, practical exercises, and situational training exercises intended to reinforce operational principles, enhance specialized skill sets, and operational planning for tactical operations in an environment with IED threats.
  • Explosive effects, properties, & applications
  • Intro to improvised explosives (TATP, HMTD...)
  • IED recognition, familiarization, & trends
  • Transnational threat case study
  • Bomb Suit Don/Doff procedures
  • Multi-agency ttp interpretation
  • Much, much more

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Odor Recognition Test (ORT) Practice Course

During this 1-day course, students will learn about odor and training aids as never before. We will dive into the science of odor recognition and the importance of training to target odors. It is vitally important for the canine to understand and differentiate the scent signatures of illicit compounds and fillers/additives. Ultimately, this course will make your canine much more efficient and eliminate false alerts. This is a MUST for all explosive K9 handlers!

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Post-Blast Orientation Course
One of the most commonly used terrorist bombing techniques of late is the use of what is called a "secondary device." Most recently a secondary device was planted (but did not go off) in the Belgium airport bombing. A recent terrorist attack where the secondary device worked as planned occurred in Thailand. 340 people injured because they did not understand the single most basic concept of terrorist bombings. The first bomb just draws the crowd and the emergency response personnel. The second one does the majority of the damage. K-9 Teams are vital in the searching for and location of secondary devices. During this 1-day course attendees will participate in various scenarios searching for secondary explosive devices within an authentic post-blast environment that is contaminated with explosive residue and scent, debris, and/or distractions.
Pre-CVC Refresher Course

Tripwire is poised to be the nations leading explosive training center for Explosive Detection K-9 Teams maintenance or spin-up training prior to attempting the Odor Recognition Test (ORT) and Operational Certification.

Situated in Gettysburg, PA, our facility is a mere 90-minute drive to the national testing/certification center. You will not find a closer, more all-inclusive explosive training facility.

Our exclusive scent refresher training applies to all Department of State and Department of State contractor Explosive Detection K9 Teams.

Whether you want one or five days of training, we will tailor fit the curriculum to fit your requirements.

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Dynamic Entry Courses

Tactical Explosive Breaching Certification Course

This dynamic entry course serves to introduce attendees to all proper procedures required to stand-up a new, or advance an already existing explosive entry component.  This course takes place over 5-days, and is designed for personnel with no to limited experience with energetic materials and explosive compounds.

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Forensic Science Courses

Forensic Bomb Blast Recovery Course

Documentation and Recovery of the Large-Scale, Multiple-Fatality Disaster Scene. This two-day course will serve a primer on how to properly process a large-scale, multiple-fatality disaster scene, including large-vehicle (plane, trains, bus crashes), and bomb blast incidents. Topics to be covered include: overview of explosive devices, proper search, documentation and recovery techniques, technological advances in large-scale forensic scene processing, discussion of the variety of evidence to be expected in these incidents, prioritizing evidence notation and recovery.

Day 1 will be lecture-based and will cover the basics of mass disaster, multiple- fatality incident scene processing that will include detailed descriptions for both the National Weldon Spring and Clarence Center Disaster Scene Protocols; cover basics of mapping the disaster scene with electronic Total Stations, Trimble R-8 survey-grade GPS unit, drones and 3D Laser Scanning instruments. Basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), will also be covered.

Day 2 will start off with a detonation of explosives in a car containing animal proxies. Students will have an opportunity to participate and use all of the mapping and documentation equipment, and perform duties as note-takers, photographers, and bar-code scanners and etc., during the processing of the scene.

Participants will receive a course manual and certificate of attendance.

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Outdoor Forensic Scene Processing Protocols for LE: Part I

This 3-day course will demonstrate the basics of processing outdoor forensic scenes with a focus on surface-scattered human remains. In-depth lectures and discussion of past forensic cases will be mixed with ample hands-on opportunities to practice documentation and recovery techniques. The course will focus on law enforcement issues.

Day 1 will provide an introduction to the fields of forensic anthropology, archaeology and taphonomy as a way to approach the complex outdoor forensic scene in order to best reconstruct past events (including estimation of PMI) at the scene. Lectures and hands-on demonstrations will introduction participants to outdoor scene mapping procedures ranging from hand-drawn maps, to electronic total stations and GPS maps.

Day 2 will include discussion of effective and efficient search techniques, provide an introductory guide to the determination of forensic significance (e.g., human v. animal tissues); discuss strategy and goals of processing the surface-scattered remains, hands-on opportunities to use the total station and survey-grade GPS units, grid and baseline mapping.

Day 3 will focus on the recovery of a mock outdoor forensic scene. Participants will conduct all of the roles and duties required of the properly processed outdoor, surface-scattered scene. A review of procedures will be conducted at the end of the exercise.

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Outdoor Forensic Scene Processing Protocols for LE Part II

Locating, Documenting and Interpreting the Buried Body Feature. This 3-day course will demonstrate the basics of processing the clandestine grave containing decomposing human remains. In-depth lectures and discussion of past forensic cases will be mixed with ample hands-on opportunities to practice documentation and recovery techniques. The course will focus on law enforcement issues.

Day 1 will provide a review of the fields of forensic anthropology, archaeology and taphonomy as a way to approach the complex outdoor forensic scene in order to best reconstruct past events at the scene. Lectures and hands-on demonstrations will review outdoor scene mapping procedures ranging from hand-drawn maps, to electronic total stations and GPS maps. Extensive discussion of past forensic cases involving decomposing buried bodies.

Day 2 will include discussion of effective and efficient buried body documentation methods, as well as excavation techniques that maximize data collection, discuss strategy and goals of processing the buried boy feature, and initial processing of the mock burial feature. Hands-on opportunities to use the electronic total station and survey-grade GPS units, will be provided.

Day 3 will focus on the recovery of a mock outdoor forensic scene that includes a buried body. Participants will conduct all of the roles and duties required of the properly processed outdoor, forensic scene.

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Outdoor Forensic Scene Processing Protocols for LE Part III

Documenting and Interpreting the Fatal Fire Scene. This 3-day course will demonstrate the basics of processing the forensic scene containing a fatal fire victim. In-depth lectures and discussion of past forensic cases will be mixed with ample hands-on opportunities to practice documentation and recovery techniques. The course will focus on law enforcement issues.

Day 1 will provide a review of the fields of forensic anthropology, archaeology and taphonomy as a way to approach the complex outdoor forensic scene in order to best reconstruct past events at the scene. Lectures and hands-on demonstrations will review outdoor scene mapping procedures ranging from hand-drawn maps, to electronic total stations and GPS maps. Extensive discussion of past forensic cases involving fatal fire victims will be presented.

Day 2 will include discussion of effective and efficient fatal fire victim documentation methods, as well as recovery and excavation techniques that maximize data collection, discuss strategy and goals of processing the fatal fire victim. Hands-on opportunities to use the electronic total station and survey-grade GPS units, will be provided.

Day 3 will focus on the recovery of a mock car fire that includes a burned animal carcass proxy. Participants will conduct all of the roles and duties required of the properly processed forensic scene.

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Mass Disaster & Post-Blast Scene Recovery

The goal of this 5-day course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of how to conduct the most efficient and effective processing of a large-scale disaster scene involving multiple human victims. Nationally-recognized standards (Weldon Spring and Clarence Center Protocols) developed, tested, and published by the course directors will be presented and demonstrated. The course will begin a history of past recovery efforts at incidents such as the USAir Flight 427, ColganAir Flight 3407, and United Flight 93 (9/11), followed by an in-depth discussion of prioritization of the various types of evidence associated with these incidents and scenes. Considerable time will be spent demonstrating and utilizing the multiple levels of scene mapping equipment including electronic total stations, high-end GPS units, 3D scans, and mapping and documentation drones. Effective and efficient search and documentation protocols will be presented. A mock scene involving the detonation of a vehicle with animal proxies within will serve as a highlight of the course in which participants with use all of the mapping and documentation equipment and protocols to process the large-scale disaster scene.

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Fatal Fire Victim Recovery and Interpretation

Fire scenes that include human victims in the rubble, hereafter termed the fatal-fire scene , provide some of the most difficult investigative challenges for fire responders, investigators, forensic experts, and law-enforcement agents. Fatal-fire scenes are often much more complex than other outdoor crime scenes not only because the body and individual skeletal elements are significantly modified by fire, but also because the entire surrounding contextual environment is likewise dramatically modified. Thermal modifications result in a homogeneous coloration of the human remains and surrounding matrix, making it difficult to distinguish the body and burned skeletal elements from the surrounding substrate debris. These circumstances increase the chance of missing some of the burned and fragmented remains during the typical forensic processing of the scene. If not detected, skeletal remains may be trampled upon during the recovery process or left behind at the scene. Added to these considerations is the fact that fire suppression and extinguishing efforts by firefighters often involve spraying the scene with water under high pressure, which typically results in dispersed and further fragmented biological remains. All of these issues adversely influence subsequent investigative efforts.

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Tactical Medicine Courses

Tactical Trauma Care Course (Condensed TCCC)

Certified for Continuing Education Units for EMS (8 Credit Hours)

This 1-day course was created by a Special Operations Combat Medic and a former "Greenside" Navy Corpsman, now NYC Paramedic. It will teach basic trauma management using the M.A.R.C.H. Protocol, which is different than standard EMS. All within a tactical setting, some of the topics will cover the management of:

• Massive bleeding
• Airway
• Respiration
• Circulation
• Hypothermia
• Patient stabilization

This is a hands-on course, and every student will be given a practical exercise at the end of the course.

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Blast Injuries Course

Explosions have the potential to create a multitude injuries and it is important to know how they affect the body in-order-to treat patients effectively. These types of injuries are most commonly experienced during battle, but have the potential to occur in mines, factories or anywhere as a result of terrorism. Events involving explosions are complex to manage and may involve multiple patients, not to mention multiple agencies, which can make them a challenge for EMS personnel.

Some of the topics to be covered in this 1-day course are: Blast Injuries: Essential Facts; Injury Care: Prehospital; Lung Injury: Prehospital Care; Lung Injury; Radiological Diagnosis; Crush Injury and Crush Syndrome; Post Exposure Prophylaxis for Bloodborne Pathogens; Abdominal Injuries; Extremity Injuries; Ear Injuries; Eye Injuries; Thermal Injuries; Pediatrics; and Older Adults.

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Firearms/Shooting Courses

We will soon be hosting various firearms courses taught by our friends and partners from Rockwell Tactical Group!