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.

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Explosives Courses

Improvised (Homemade) Explosive Formulations

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 1-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.

Explosive Materials Handler

This 1-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.

Explosive Effects & 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 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.

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
IED Recognition & Mitigation

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.
Military Explosive Ordnance Recognition (EOR)

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.

K-9 Courses

Improvised (Homemade) Explosives for K-9 Teams
The most common weapon being utilized by criminals and terrorists throughout the world is improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that contain improvised (homemade) explosives. As a first responder, you are increasingly more likely to encounter this type of hazard while responding to a critical incident. This course will provide you with the basic information required to keep you and your team safe. During the first phase of this course, students will learn to identify basic improvised explosives, identify chemical precursors and equipment used in the illicit manufacture of improvised explosives, the hazards associated with each precursor, safe-handling techniques, and general safety precautions. Throughout the second phase of this course, students will be safely exposed to live improvised explosive formulations, including several peroxide based mixtures such as TATP & HMTD, which were used in the recent attacks in Europe. Students will witness first-hand, the sensitivity and destructive power of improvised explosives, how to safely operate while mixtures are present, methods of desensitization, as well as a live range demonstration. The handler will have the opportunity to imprint their K-9 on all the formulations created during the course. Following imprinting, the formulations will be utilized in practical exercises, including a post-blast environment. 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.
Large (Mass Quantity) Explosives Hide
This 1-day course presents explosive detection K9 teams with scenarios involving quantities of explosive materials that are realistic and often used in real-world threats, but are rarely trained upon. Unusual K9 behavior involving mass quantities of explosive material is often misunderstood and/or misinterpreted by the handler, due to unfamiliarity. Students will imprint their dog on various types of mass explosives in a calm and controlled environment prior to participating in authentic scenario based practical exercises. Our highly experienced staff of cadre will introduce teams to amounts of explosives that increase in quantities throughout the course and range from tens to hundreds, and even thousands of pounds. Additionally, any issues encountered during imprinting or scenario events will be identified and every attempt to mitigate them will be made during course duration. Material weights encountered during this course will range from 5 to 5,000 pounds.
Post-Blast Orientation & Search Protocol
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.
Explosives Detection K9 Handler Course

The purpose of the Explosive Detection Canine Handler course is to provide canine handlers with tools and knowledge to make themselves a better canine handler in both training and real-world deployments. This course will familiarize explosive detection canine handlers on basic bomb squad operations, provide information on how you can assist bomb technicians with common tasks (if needed or requested), tactics for deployments, pre-planning and threat assessment for large scale or high profile events, as well as expose the canine to real world scenarios such as large quantity hides and post blast environments.

Overview

  1. Explosives 101 (Explosive material handler course) (2-hours)
  2. Basic HME Recognition/ Formulations (6-hours)
  3. Bomb Squad 101 (4-hours)
    1. Tactics and equipment used
    2. Bomb Suit Demo
    3. Energetic Disruptor Demo
    4. Robot Operations Demo
    5. Portable X-Ray Demo
    6. What can you do to help?
  4. IED Recognition (2-hours)
  5. Pre-Event Planning/ Threat Assessment (2-hours)
  6. Deployments (4-hours)
    1. Bomb Threats
      1. Evacuate v. Shelter in place
      2. Search Tactics
        1. What to do if a threat turns into an actual device located?
    2. VIP Protection Details
      1. Checkpoint Operations
    3. Large Events/ Gatherings
      1. Parades/ Races
        1. Festivals
        2. Stadium/ Sporting events
    4. Tactical Deployments
  7. HME Imprinting (2-hours)
  8. Scenarios involving canine (16-hours)
    1. HME
    2. Conventional Explosives
    3. Large Quantity Hides
  9. Post Blast Scenarios/ Range Demo (2-hours)

Breaching Courses

Basic Energetic Breaching Operations Certification

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
Advanced Energetic Breaching Operations

This 3-day advanced dynamic entry course serves as an annual refresher for current certified explosive entry technicians, as well as an introduction to advanced entry methods/techniques with the incorporation of small unit tactics. The aim of this course is to enhance the skills of an existing breacher by introducing him to more advanced skills associated with hard target breaching. On successful completion of this course, the student will possess the necessary skills in order to perform more advanced breaching tactics associated with doors, window, roofs, floors, and walls.

*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.

Course content includes:

  • Review theory of explosive breaching
  • Breaching report documentation using the Excel spread sheet
  • Review of calculating net explosive weight, safe stacking distance, and internal overpressure
  • Breaching both wood and metal doors (external and internal)
  • Defeating barricaded doors
  • Multiple breach point entries
  • Target analysis and intelligence gathering
  • Wall and roof breaching
  • Small unit movement/tactics in conjunction with an energetic breach

Participant Expectations and Conditions (This is not an “Attend and Pass” Course)

This Advanced 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)
  • Issued firearms (pistol, patrol rifle, and shotgun – if applicable)
  • 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