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ET-08: Bomb Scene & Human Recoveries Workshop

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  • November 17, 2013
Tripwire Operations Group and the Department of Applied Forensic Sciences, Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA are pleased to announce two new training opportunities.

One-day Short Course Post Blast Scene Recovery Protocols: The Short Course will run from 8 am until 5 pm  and will  cover all aspects of the field recovery of evidence and human remains associated with a mass fatality scene (from Improvised Explosive Device incidents to a large-scale plane crash). The course will be taught primarily by Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat, Director of the Applied Forensic Sciences program at Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pennsylvania Mercyhurst AI Link. Dr. Dirkmaat has conducted forensic anthropology cases throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York since the mid 1980’s. He has also served as a primary scientific consultant to the Somerset County Coroner’s office during the processing of United Flight 93 in 2001. He recently directed the scene processing of Continental Flight 3407 crash site (Buffalo) for the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office (Buffalo) and advised the ECME on victim identification protocols. He has served as a forensic anthropologist for crashes on Guam (KoreanAir), Rhode Island (EgyptAir), and smaller crashes in Kenya and Angola (UN plane crash). He has written numerous articles and given many presentations on the subject to local and national audiences. Ryan Morris of Tripwire Operations Group will also assist in the course presentation.

 The cost of the course is $300 per individual. Each attendee will be given a reference manual and certificate of attendance.

Two-day Mass Disaster Recovery Training Exercise (Free Course Addition): Attendees of the short course above dealing with Post Blast Scene Recovery Protocols, are encouraged to also participate in a hands-on recovery exercise to be conducted on the following two days.  In addition, any interested individuals (professionals and volunteers in fire, law enforcement, jurisprudence fields) are invited to participate in the recovery exercise. Following a short training and organization talk on the recovery of the mass disaster site by Dr. Dirkmaat, an Improvised Explosive Device will be detonated in a vehicle. Mercyhurst graduate students and all interested participants will then work for two days locating, describing, collecting and analyzing data associated with the bombing incident, as part of a National Institute of Justice grant awarded to Mercyhurst College in 2008, NIJ Announcement Link.  A $100 fee will be charged for the two day add on.

We are seeking out additional venues who wish to host this course
Lecture and range demonstration

For prices call 888.330.7015

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