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.
The growing weapon of choice for criminals and terrorists throughout the world are improvised (homemade) explosives 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. This course provides the basic, yet critical information needed to stay safe, while remaining effective. Students will learn to identify common improvised explosives, chemical precursors and the equipment used in the illicit manufacture of improvised explosives; the hazards associated with precursors and manufacturing; and safe operating procedures. Our highly trained staff consists of Police Bomb Squad and military EOD Technicians who have the operational experience necessary to provide this one-of-a-kind training. There is no alternative for this course. As a first responder, you are in the business of saving lives...this course could save yours!
This course is designed for the operational first responder...the first there. In addition to the information provided in the basic awareness course, 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 oper ate (if necessary) while improvised mixtures are present, methods of desensitization, as well as a live range demonstration. 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.
Topics will include:
- Sensitivity evaluation of TATP and HMTD
- Large-scale production of urea nitrate
- Fuel oxidizer mixtures such as chlorates and perchlorates
- Unconventional ammonium nitrate mixtures
- Liquid explosives
- Raman and FTIR analysis of homemade explosives
- Hazmat mitigation of HME production sites
- Common factors in plots and attacks using improvised explosives mixtures
- Current terrorist explosives recipes found online15 Hours of Classroom based instruction to include case studies. 25 Hours of Hands on Training. The entire course will build the students understanding of basic and advanced HME culminating in a final scenario dealing with the take down and processing of a clandestine lab. This course is useful for law enforcement, military EOD/public safety bomb technicians, hazardous materials technicians, fire response, emergency medical service , and military units involved in combating terrorism and protecting our homeland.
This 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.
This 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.
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.
- 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
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.
This 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 (.5 day)
- Ahura training
- HME case studies
- Sample collection
Field instruction (1.5 days)
- Ahura drills
- Clean/dirty man techniques
- Sensitivity tests
- Basic HME process demonstration
Field Training Exercise (1 day)
- Domestic and International problems/scenarios
- After Action/Debrief
This 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.
This 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.
The growing weapon of choice for criminals and terrorists throughout the world are improvised (homemade) explosives and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). More than ever before, first responders are increasingly more likely to encounter this type of hazard while performing routine operations. This workshop provides the basic, yet critical information needed to stay safe, while remaining effective.
Students will learn to identify common improvised explosives, chemical precursors and the equipment used in the illicit manufacture of improvised explosives; the hazards associated with precursors and manufacturing; and safe operating procedures.
You will gain an exclusive insight into ISIS bomb making and understand one of the reasons how ISIS is able to defend large cities against the Iraqi army and the Kurdish Peshmerga security forces as the coalition forces are fighting their way through the city of Mosul.
In the workshop, we look at what TTPs (tactics, techniques and procedures) ISIS have been so effective in using against all those that stand in their way. IEDs were critical to ISIS' ability to seize about a third of Iraq and nearly half of Syria in 2014 using a flurry of suicide bombers and vehicle-borne IEDs (VBIEDs) to attack from multiple directions and force their opponents to retreat.
EOD experts with over 20 years of experience will lead this workshop. Tripwire currently has boots on the ground in Iraq providing life saving training and mitigating explosive hazards to ensure the continued safety of personnel from several international humanitarian agencies. This enables Tripwire to receive intel directly from the front-line and remain current on day-to-day ISIS threats and TTPs.
Topics To Be Covered:
• HME precursor/manufacturing ID
• HME ID by type
• HME sensitivity demonstration
• IED types & emplacements
• Discovered IED bomb factories
• VBIED design & employment
• Migration of IEDs to the West
LIVE RANGE DEMONSTRATION
Students will witness first-hand the destructive power of improvised (homemade) explosives on our demolition range. Explosive operations will be performed by experienced Tripwire staff ONLY.
Our 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
During this 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!
This is an exclusive opportunity for K9 Teams to imprint their dogs on threat weight and realistic amounts of TATP and HMTD, mixtures that have caused catastrophic damage in recent terror attacks in Belgium, Turkey, and France.
Join us for K9 imprinting and maintenance training on peroxide-based improvised explosives mixtures every Wednesday, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.*
*Other days and times available upon request.
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.
When a bomb threat is received, multiple agencies, each with their own K9 Unit, tend to arrive on-scene. This can make a chaotic situation even worse, due to the lack of inter-agency operability, and non-understanding of the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) of other units. This 2-day course will enable teams from separate units to effectively RESPOND, INVESTIGATE, PLAN, & EXECUTE. Following minimal classroom instruction, K9 Teams will participate in full-scale practical scenarios responding to an explosive threat involving multiple agencies. Teams will learn to effectively respond, investigate, plan, execute, and ultimately clear a situation involving suspected explosive threat(s) while working side-by-side with other agency K9 Teams. What is the best method for searching with K9 Teams from multiple agencies? What happens when a change of behavior or alert is identified? How do you ensure all teams are safely notified and evacuated? Are you prepared to assist the Bomb Squad/EOD Team in identifying and locating a device? This course will answer these questions, ensure you are fully prepared to operate in a multi-agency situation, and much more.
Our lead instructor has over 23 years experience in federal law enforcement canine operations and training. He recently retired from the Federal Government as the Commander, National Canine Program Manger. Prior to working in DHS, he worked for the United States Capitol Police for 21 years, as a Patrol Division Canine Sergeant responsible for the daily operational supervision of patrol officers and canine technicians and the Sergeant in-charge and Lead Instructor of the United States Capitol Police Canine Training Center. Our extensive roster of cadre also includes current and former SWAT/SRT officers, Bomb Squad Commanders, and military EOD Technicians.
Dynamic Entry Courses
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
Documentation and Recovery of the Large-Scale, Multiple-Fatality Disaster Scene will be held for two-days in Gettysburg, PA or a location of your agencies choosing.
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.
The price is $595/person.
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.
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.
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.
The goal of the 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.
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.
Tactical Medicine Courses
Certified for Continuing Education Units for EMS (8 Credit Hours)
This 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
• Patient stabilization
This is a 8-hour, hands-on course, and every student will be given a practical exercise at the end of the 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 8-hour 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.