Homemade Explosives: Awareness, Recognition, and Response
To succeed in preparing for and responding to future homemade explosive 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.
The United States Congress has recognized the need for federal programs to assist state and local jurisdictions with preparations against the threat of homemade explosives. 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 prepare 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).
Prerequisites & Other Information:
The following prerequisites apply to personnel attending this course:
United States citizenship.
Actively employed or auxiliary member of a state, local, tribal, or federal law enforcement agency or First Responders (Fire and EMS)
Sufficient tenure remaining in their current or future position to allow for the application of course material upon their return.
Prerequisites must be verified by the participant’s department at the time of application. Participants must have a picture ID (preferably one issued by their department) for presentation to instructors prior to the start of instruction.
No tuition is charged.
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