Homemade Explosives Operations

Homemade Explosives Operations

The HME Operators Course is an intensive 40-hour course based on a solid chemistry foundation. The hands on approach is designed for operators to become familiar with recommended tools and techniques and upon completion be confident in responding to and mitigating an incident involving HME.

Chemistry of Explosives

Classroom lectures on the science, synthesis, manufacture, safety, and mitigation of HME and the availability of HME precursors. Interactive chemist led safety conscious evolution where participants manufacture secondary energetic materials in the field from readily available precursors. These materials are then tested and sampled and detonated on the range.

Current Threats & Trends

Real world case studies are discussed peer-to-peer in an open forum and actual scenarios are presented for participants to talk through an operation prior to the scenario based training evolutions. An in depth lesson on improvised detonator construction and detonator diagnostics will provide operators with a solid understanding of HME threats and challenges.

  Identification of Hazards & Evidence Collection

Recommended tools are discussed along with all options available to properly identify hazards and non-hazards. New ways to use traditional gear will be demonstrated along with safe and effective evidence collection techniques for legal prosecution.

Render Safe Tools & Techniques

Development of an OPS15 recommended logic tree approach when operating in a permissive or non-permissive environment. Proper utilization of purchased equipment and improvised tools to properly and safely conduct render safe operations. Recommendations on explosive tools and downrange considerations to effectively mitigate known and unknown hazards.