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Explosive Handlers and Breaching Course ### CANCELLED####

Date: 8/27/2012-8/31/2012
TTPOA Member Tuition: $600.00
Non-TTPOA Member Tuition: $650.00
Location: Abilene, Region 5 Instructor(s): Alan Brosnan
Contact Info: Shannon Couch, 325-829-7928
Course Details:

The TTPOA is proud to announce that Alan Brosnan, founder of TEES will instruct a 5-day Explosive Handlers and Breaching course in Abilene TX.  Alan spent twelve years in the New Zealand Army, the last nine being with the Special Air Service (S.A.S).  He served several tours with the counter terrorist team, and finally as assault group commander was responsible for the training and management of all entry team personnel. 

In February, 1989, Alan left the Army and was sponsored into the United States as a subject matter expert in the field of counter terrorism. For two years he worked in Beverly Hills, CA as a close protection team member as well as conducting numerous courses for the US Military and Law Enforcement Communities. Alan is still active in the dignitary protection field and has performed security details in over twenty countries worldwide.

In 1991, Alan moved to Memphis and established the Tactical Explosive Entry School. This internationally recognized school conducted specialty classes for military and law enforcement personnel who were tasked to operate in high risk environments. Alan sold this company in 2005.

Alan has been a reserved deputy with the Desoto County Sheriff's Department (SWAT Team) since 1992.

Since 1993, Alan has worked as an independent contractor for the U.S. Department of State's Anti Terrorism Assistance Program that trains foreign law enforcement officers in skills associated with counter terrorism. This training is conducted within the United States and at select locations abroad.  Alan has supported the TTPOA since the inception of TEES in 1993.  This course is being offered to TTPOA Members at half of it's normal cost. 

Phase One - Explosive Handlers   Course

The aim of this 2 day course is to introduce the student to the recognition, transportation, storage, safe handling, and firing of high explosive compounds. This phase is mandatory for all personnel who are not EOD or military explosive qualified.

On successful completion of this course, the student will possess the skills to safely employ explosives in a conventional environment.

Course content includes:

  • History and theory of explosives and explosions
  • Explosive safety
  • Types of explosive accessories
  • Recognition of low and high explosive compounds
  • Preparation and firing of charges using electric, non-electric, and shock tube initiated blasting caps
  • Response to misfires and low ordered charges

Phase Two - Explosive Breaching  Course

The aim of this  3 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.

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 operations missions.

The course will begin on Monday, August 27th at 08:00 at the range building classroom.  The course will be conducted at the Abilene PD Training Complex located at 4557 East Lake Road in Abilene.

Course Topics:

Course content includes:

  • 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 (external and   internal)
  • Breaching windows
  • Defeating barricaded doors
  • Tactical charge placement drills
  • Reacting to a misfired charge
  • Multiple breach point entries
  • Developing Standard Operating Procedures
  • Stronghold analysis
  • Breacher's brief back format
  • Breacher's aide memoir
  • Introduction to wall breaching

Students must be full time local, state or federal law enforcement or active duty military. Students will be required to show appropriate identification at the beginning of the course. Any questions on a particular student's status will be verified through their agency. Any questions concerning this prerequisite can be forwarded to Shannon Couch at: shannon.couch@ttpoa.org. Or you can call 325-829-7928.

Required Equipment

Equipment Requirements

  • Ear protection
  • Clear lens Goggles: Eye glasses or Oakley type sunglasses will not be permitted for any explosive breacher training
  • Range training uniform (long sleeve)
  • Nomex gloves (recommended)
  • Body armor
  • Helmet
  • Handgun or carbine(no ammunition)
Payment Instructions/Host Hotel Information:

The fee for this Explosive Handlers and Breaching Course is $600.00 for TTPOA Members ($650.00 for non-TTPOA members).  Registration must be done on-line at http://www.ttpoa.org/ (Training Calendar).  Payment must be made by Monday, August 13, 2012 to secure a spot in the course.  Due to expenses that must be incurred by this date, there will be NO REFUNDS OR COURSE CREDITS AFTER THIS DATE. 

Payment should be made to TTPOA.  Credit card payment is strongly recommended.  If your department must pay by check, PLEASE make your check or money order payable to the TTPOA.  Make a notation that the check is for the TEES/Abilene Course.  Payments should be mailed to: Shannon Couch, 450 Pecan, Abilene TX 79602.  Inquiries regarding the course, payment or other questions can be directed to mailto:shannon.couch@ttpoa.org or 325-829-7928

The Host Hotel is the Residence Inn.  This hotel is located a short drive from the Abilene PD Training academy and range.  Hotel info: Marriott Residence Inn, 1741 E. Musgrave, Abilene TX. 325-677-8700. Rate is $85.00 per night (double or single). Refer your reservation as TEES Course hosted by the TTPOA and the Abilene Police Department.

Online Registration for this course is not available. Either the course is full, or online registration is not allowed.

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