Breaching & EOD Instructor
Commander Stewart Blackton M.E.P. served 30 years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando, FL. His experience included working Hazardous Materials, Special Operations SWAT and Bomb Squad responses for 28 years. In that position, he led the Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF) developing counter-terrorist explosive protective measures to the Central Florida Region including resorts and theme parks protecting over 57 million persons annually.
Commander Blackton is a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and is a nationally recognized consultant for design, development, production, evaluation, and facilitation of emergency preparedness and response exercises in over 50 various operational and discussion based exercise planning teams for major metropolitan cities including New York, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Columbus, Cincinnati and Washington D.C. Additionally, he served as the Situation Unit Leader in the Master Control Cell (MCC) during the Capstone 2014 and Group Supervisor in Operation Capstone 2012 National Level Exercise(s) (NLEs). Commander Blackton is one of the original certified Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) instructors during the initial HSEEP pilot deliveries and has presented over 50 HSEEP courses across the country.
Additionally, Commander Blackton is a certified underwater diver and a leader of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Recovery Team and served on the Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team (USART). Commander Blackton is a certified Bomb Technician and a certified Explosive Operations Field Instructor for the Department of State, Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) presenting Explosive Incident, Advanced Explosive Incident, and Underwater Explosive Incident Countermeasure Courses to selected nations of Kazakhstan, Kenya, Jordan, Iraq, India and the Philippines. He has extensive certified SWAT instructional experience with Tactical Energetic Entry Systems in live fire explosive breaching, tactics and procedures presented throughout the U.S., and in Canada and Brazil. He is also a Hazardous Materials Technician instructor for the Center of Domestic Preparedness, Anniston, Alabama,
He has presented numerous Post Blast Investigation Course deliveries with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives. Additionally, Commander Blackton is a firearms instructor certified in handgun, shotgun and sniper rifle.