North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Homemade Explosives: Awareness, Recognition & Response #3193

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March 4, 2014

Garner Performing Arts Center, Garner, NC

March 6, 2014 Catawba Valley CC, Hickory, NC

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, their immediate supervisors, and administrators.

Course Goal:

To succeed in preparing for and responding to future homemade explosive (HME) events in the United States, emergency response agencies must complete extensive preparatory actions--developing plans and procedures, acquiring equipment, and conducting training and exercises that focus on likely scenarios.  This program supports these imperatives by providing current training to first responders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively prevent, interdict, and respond to an imminent threat caused by homemade explosives laboratories and producers.

Recent events within the U.S. and abroad have demonstrated the urgency for assistance activities.  As threats have increased and evolved, the U.S. Government has expanded its support for initiatives to prepared federal, state, and local emergency services personnel to respond appropriately and safely to incidents involving homemade explosives.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Directorate (NPD), National Training and Education Division (NTED), is supporting several major initiatives to improve the capability of emergency services agencies to respond to bombing incidents.  The Homemade Explosives: Awareness, Recognition, and Response (HMEARR) course, developed by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech), is one of those major initiatives.  HMEARR was developed with support and cooperation from the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board (NBSCAB).

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this training the student will be able to:

♦ Participants will be able to describe components, interactions, and physical properties associated with explosive materials and explosive events.

♦ Participants will be able to identify precursors associated with the production of homemade explosives, and explain the similarities and dissimilarities in the production of homemade explosives and illicit drugs.

♦ Participants will be able to recognize and identify the processes of making homemade explosives, and explain the similarities and dissimilarities in the processes of homemade explosives and illicit drugs.

♦ Participants will be able to identify various types of homemade explosives based on the precursor and manufacturing equipment observed at a potential homemade explosive manufacturing location.

♦ Paraticipants will be able to respond appropriately with regards to personal and public safety as wel as scene isolation and security in advance of specialized assets trained and equipped to deal with instances where homemade explosive materials and precursors and improvised explosive devices are potentially present.

♦ Participants will be able to provide information to public and private sector organizations and individuals on how to identify and prevent bomb-making activity.


This course utilizes lecture and practical exercise/observation.

Course Requirements:

The following prerequisites apply to personnel attending this course:

♦ United States citizenship.

♦ Sufficient tenure remaining in their current or future position to allow for the application of course material upon their return.

♦ Participants must have a picture ID (preferably one issued by their department) for presentation to instructors prior to the start of instruction.
♦ 100% attendance is required at all class sessions.


You must register for the class by completing this application form and sending it to the campus you will be attending. The address/fax number is on the application.



Course Coordinator:

Doug Robinson

Length of Course:

8 hours

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