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Explosive Handlers & Breaching Course

Cost: $1450
August 28, 2017 - September 1, 2017
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Hosted By: Tuscaloosa Police Dept
Duration: 5 days
Cost: $1450 per officer ($1305 ATOA Members, membership # required)
Students: 8 Min – 24 Max
Restrictions: Law Enforcement, Military or Government Agencies

The aim of this 5 day course is to introduce the student to time tested and operationally proven drills and procedures in order to establish or further enhance an existing explosive breaching program within their unit or department.

This course has been designed for non EOD Technicians who have little to no experience in the recognition and safe handling of explosive compounds. Day one will be devoted to the theory and handling of explosives with days two-five focusing on explosive breaching techniques.

Course content includes:

  • Explosive storage and transportation regulations ATF -DOT
  • Theory of explosives and explosions
  • Explosive safety
  • Explosive accessories
  • Recognition of low and high explosive compounds
  • Preparation and firing of charges using non-electric fuse and shock tube initiated blasting caps
  • Misfired charge procedures
  • History and theory of explosive breaching
  • Critical safety issues – calculating net explosive weight, safe stacking distance, and internal overpressure
  • Breaching report documentation
  • Breaching wood and metal doors
  • Breaching windows
  • Defeating barricaded doors
  • Introduction to internal door charges
  • Introduction to charge placement drills
  • Reacting to a misfired charge
  • Multiple breach points
  • Developing standard operating procedures
  • Target analysis
  • Breacher’s brief back format
  • Breacher’s operational data aide memoir
  • Cover port breaching on dry walls

On successful completion of this course, the student will possess the necessary skills to safely and confidently employ explosive breaching charges in support of special operation missions.

Equipment Requirements:

  • Ear protection
  • Eye Protection: Clear lens safety wrap-around style glasses
  • Range training uniform (long sleeve)
  • Nomex gloves (recommended)
  • Ballistic protection – soft armor or plate carrier with plates
  • Helmet
  • Handgun or carbine (no ammo, blue gun is acceptable)
  • Flashlight
  • Dump Pouch
  • Flash Drive up to 8GB (course breach reports, photos, videos and SOPs)

Hotel Information:
Home 2 Suites
2610 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL  35401
Ask for Tuscaloosa PD Rate: $109 (Includes free breakfast & free WIFI)
Book by August 13

FREE Lodging at Academy:
Bunk rooms are available for students as an option for those who wish to stay on campus without the cost of a hotel.
Includes showers, washer & dryer with kitchen. Please contact: wjacobs1@tuscaloosa.com

Airport: Birmingham – Shuttlesworth International


August 28, 2017
September 1, 2017
Event Category:


Tuscaloosa, AL


Pam Vaughan