TECHNICAL ASPECTS of EXPLOSIVE ENTRY
DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT
JUNE 23-28, 2017
We are pleased to announce that Dallas SWAT will be hosting our 6 day advanced training course Technical Aspects of Explosive Entry. Dallas SWAT is a fantastic host with a remarkable training facility. As a host, Dallas offers the luxury of discussing theory in the classroom and the ability to immediately step outside onto the range to do a live demonstration of the direct application. The experience sharing opportunity to work with one of the most forward thinking tactical teams in the nation is reason enough to find a way to attend. If you love explosive breaching and want to understand explosives on a deeper level, this is the class for you. If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend one of our courses here are some commonly asked questions that might help to give you a better idea of what to expect.
When is the class?
June 23-28, 2017 – These dates were selected based on range availability and to avoid a travel requirement on 4th of July weekend.
Dallas, TX – See application form for details. Use this link to access the group rate for the block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Duncanville/Dallas.
Tuition is $1,700 per student.
Are there any pre-requisites?
You must be active duty military or law enforcement to register. While no prior experience is required, this specific course is recommended for teams who have an established explosive breaching program.
What do I need to bring?
- Personal protective gear
- Something to write with
- An open mind
Is this class for SWAT or bomb techs?
Given the increasing probability of responding to emerging threats requiring multiple facets of expertise, we encourage both SWAT teams and bomb squads to attend.
What does the course include?
Course includes student notebooks, calculators, and 6 days of hands-on advanced explosive breaching training where we will push the limits of low N.E.W. charge configurations on various target types. After the class is finished, I’ll send you a link where you can download edited video coverage including details of all the shot data. Host agencies will also be equipped with a selection of APEX Systems™ breaching charges.
How is your class different from the other schools?
Our training courses were developed with a science-based foundation for breachers who are ready to take things to the next level. If you want specific answers about how a charge works or why a target fails a specific way, this is the class for you. Everything we cover in the classroom will be proven on the range. Through hands-on live demonstrations and range activity, you will be immersed in the physics of operation specific explosive energy transfer mechanics. Here are some of the things that we’ll show you that you won’t find anywhere else:
You’ll learn why you shouldn’t use a one size fits all equation for determining safe stacking distance.
We’ll derive a new set of easy to use equations to account for peak pressure and pressure time history in a variety of operational settings with consideration for the effects of in charge N.E.W., charge geometry, and confinement.
You’ll be able to properly scale your charge to attack an 8″ thick wall if you only have a data point on a 6″ thick wall without having to fire a test shot.
We’ll show you how to shear a steel skinned residential door from it’s hinges with 169 grains (10.9 grams) of explosives total – and yes, that’s total grains, not grains per foot.
You’ll be able to calculate timing requirements to prevent any unwanted charge interations when using a multi-charge configuration.
How “technical” will the class be?
If you really want to be an expert breacher you’ve got to dig deep into explosive science. While this may seem overwhelming, don’t worry! Information in the class will be presented clearly and accurately. Together, we will dispel myths associated with explosive entry like why you can’t use a single RE factor when comparing explosive types and why having two detonators doesn’t actually mean your charge is dual primed. Instructors will bridge the gap between theoretical phenomena and practical application. We aren’t going to “dumb it down,” but we will stay focused on what’s really important and make sure that you are equipped to safely perform explosive breaching operations with a full understanding of the associated risks and responsibilities.
How much hands-on time will we get?
A lot. While the class will be a combination of theory and practice, we will enjoy range activity for 5 of the 6 days of the class.
Will there be a test?
Yes. The test is designed to demonstrate enhancement of your technical understanding and practical skills in conducting explosive entry operations. We will make sure that you are ready.
I’ve been to one of your classes before, will the material be the same?
Folks who have taken our classes several times have said that they find the repeated exposure beneficial as they pick up something new in every class. In order to keep you on the leading edge, our courses are “living.” We make sure that our classes are updated with the newest research available. If we discover something new that will be beneficial, we include it in the class. While we will briefly review some critical fundamentals, we will be introducing some new technology and will be focusing on how to approach targets beyond doors such as steel structures and various types of laminated glass. If there are any specific targets that you would like to see, let us know and we will tackle them together.
After the class is over, if I need help with an explosive breaching problem can I call you?
Of course! We view our classes as opportunities to build a relationship with you and your team. If you happen to think of a question that you didn’t ask in class, or perhaps you want a second opinion on a breach plan for an operation – we’ve got you covered. Need expert witness testimony in court? We can help you.
Can we do one of those cool linear fireball shots that you did at the breacher's symposium?
If we have time after the exam, we’ll try to fit it in if there’s enough interest. However there will be an additional fee (3 drink minimum) if you want to know how it’s setup.