Complete Course List
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 (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 1-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.
This 2-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.
This 2-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.
Tripwire Operations Group, a leader providing explosives training to law enforcement agencies and first responders has received numerous calls from the news media following recent high-profile incidents involving explosive materials. 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 1-day 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 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.
- HME case studies
- Sample collection
- Clean/dirty man techniques
- Sensitivity tests
- Basic HME process demonstration
Field Training Exercise
- Domestic and International problems/scenarios
- After Action/Debrief
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.
This 4-day training evolution provides students with an overview of and an open forum for the use of a K9 team within a tactical scenario. Our staff of former Special Operations members will cover CQC techniques, our Bomb Squad/EOD staff members will cover all aspects relating to explosive breaching operations and other explosive related practices. We will discuss situations and options for the use of K9 in high-risk operational deployments. This class is meant for open and interactive conversation and to share real-world lessons learned. Understanding the needs of agencies and policies can vary from department to department and this type of course is designed to create dialogue and tools for your agencies K9 program. Our practical scenarios are designed to fully integrate K9 handlers with SWAT and/or Bomb Squad members, so that all parties learn the best way to employ K9 into a myriad of situations. The scenarios we provide will require critical thinking and problem solving for the K9 and team members. When you come to our facility in Gettysburg, PA we provide live-fire ranges, less-lethal munitions, conventional/military/improvised explosive materials, bomb suits and robots, drones and much more! Days 1 and 2 are comprised primarily of classroom theory and discussion, while days 3 and 4 consist of full practical scenarios designed to test and learn operational limits.
Our 1-day live fire orientation course is conducted on our adjacent shooting range and will put K9 teams through a variety of exercises designed to familiarize the handler with the operation of a weapon while maintaining his dog, as well as desensitizing the dog to the sounds involved with firearm use.
This 5-day dynamic entry course serves to introduce attendees to all proper procedures required to either create, or augment an already existing explosive entry component. This course is designed for personnel with little to no experience with energetic materials, and explosive compounds.
*This course has a minimum requirement of participants. If minimum participation is not met, the course will be rescheduled and your payment will be refunded or you may select an alternate date.
Specific Tactical Explosive Entry School Learning Topics
- Explosive breaching training course program policies and procedures related to the unit’s/agency’s mission statement
- Tactical situations justifying and requiring explosive entry and supported by written policy
- Explosive law and compliance requirements
- Explosive safety and handling procedures (administrative and tactical) specifically for the tactical explosive breaching discipline
- Duties and responsibilities of the breacher team
- Theory and explosive material properties, terminology for general understanding and related to detonations in the urban environment for this tactical explosive discipline
- Understanding of potential hazards created by detonations in the urban environment damaging to humans and property (causes and reduction/mitigation procedures)
- Explosive materials and related tools used during tactical explosive breaching operations
- Charge construction, design, net explosive weight calculations and related documentation (Understanding design and material failure without using commercial products)
- Data base collection procedures, documentation for charge strength and configuration related to various breach points on actual structures (doors, windows, walls and roofs)
- Prediction of all related hazards and protective actions for mission essential personnel, public, suspects, victims and property for each detonation
- Tactical firing system construction, operational application, misfire emergency situation response and recovery procedures
- Mission planning, briefing, performance and post operation protocols
- Mission-related tactics and hazards, misfires and entry denial
Participant Expectations and Conditions (This is not an “Attend and Pass” Course)
This Basic Explosive Breaching Training Course requires each participant to perform the following tasks prior for pre-qualification to take the final written examination and successfully complete this course:
- Explosive breaching training course participants must sign an acknowledgement of risks and release of liability documentation
- Willingness to handle explosives and work in an explosives environment, as required by the explosive breaching training course
- Responsible for daily private/agency transportation to/from various training sites as required by the course curriculum and explosive worksite structure(s) location(s)
- No formal lunch/meal breaks during fieldwork on Wednesday through Friday
- Dedicated full dress tactical application scenarios
- Willingness to participate in explosive tactical entries of structures under adverse conditions and environments
- Must successfully pass the final written examination (80% or higher)
- Failure to successfully complete all written assignments or perform tasks as required, participant will be removed from the explosive breaching training course
Participant Equipment List
Each participant is required to provide the following items and equipment for Tripwire’s Explosive Breaching Training Course:
- Full tactical explosive breaching equipment and all personal protection items (your standard operational kit – ensure you have long sleeves and pants, ballistic helmet, ballistic projectile eye/ear protection, and sturdy gloves)
- Respiratory protection, particulate type mask or better for working in dust and debris producing environments
- Note taking material (note pad, pen, pencils, etc.)
- 6-inch (15 cm) radius drafting compass
Forensic Science Courses
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.
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 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.
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
This 1-day course was created by a Special Operations Combat Medic, and presented by a current U.S. Army Green Beret. 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 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 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.
All of our firearms courses are presented by our strategic partners from Rockwell Tactical Group. Please visit their site directly for available and upcoming courses.