2-day Explosives and Active Threats course

Course presented by
Juri Kasemets, CD, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA
President, EMG Explosives Management Group
for more info please visit my LinkedIn page, website (www.explosivesmanagement.com) or ask
for my abridged resume (emgroup@ns.sympatica.ca)

Course description
This is a 2-day course containing all the important information from three of our 1-day courses:
  1. Managing the Bomb Threat (version where attendees work on their organization’s ERP as the day progresses)
  2. Improvised Explosives Device (IED) Awareness – with additional material from sectors/industries represented by course attendees
  3. Active Threat: Active Shooter, Suspicious Activity, Suicide Bombing and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM)

For expanded outlines for some of the above courses please visit my website.The material can be condensed into two days because the three 1-day courses are independent and may contain some of the same material.
Attendees will receive hard copy of important PowerPoint slides as well as a CD of select reference material.
As with all EMG courses, this is a train-the-trainer course.

Course modules:
Explosives and IEDs initiators, explosives, power source, switch, containers, enhancements

Topics: IEDs in Canada, sources of explosives, detonators (electric, non-electric), propellants, precursor control, commercial explosives, military explosives, homemade explosives (HME)/ improvised explosives (IE), sources of info, boosters, plastic explosives, pressure cookers, detection of explosives, non-lethal weapons.


Managing the Bomb Threat - threats written or verbal, delivered by oral, electronic or other medium, threatening to place or use an improvised explosive, chemical, biological or radiological device at a time, date place or against any specific person.

Topics: motives and statistics, aggressor tactics, TRA, evacuation (covert, overt, distances, stand-off vs evacuation), search (covert, overt, 2-person, equipment, exterior, interior, use of dogs, use of radios), telephone threat procedures (checklist, questioning the caller), mail room procedures, contingency planning.

IED/IID Awareness

Topics: Improvised Incendiary Device (IID), sources of ammonium nitrate, toxic industrial chemicals, dirty bomb, fire bomb, targeting and protecting first responders, secondary device, propane tank effects, hydrogen sulphide suicide, potential terrorist attack methods, blast loading, blast effects, blast injuries.

Active shooter - A person armed with a firearm(s) who is actively engaged in killing or attempting to cause serious harm to multiple people in a populated location - sometimes explosives are also used.

Topics: motives, how to respond, response strategies for survival (RUN, HIDE, FIGHT; ALICE), response of law enforcement, US studies, training videos, managing the consequences, six phases of an incident, signs a weapon is being concealed, role of unarmed security officer, stress indicators, lock down, shelter-in-place

Suspicious activity - Is behaviour reasonably indicative of preoperational planning related to terrorism or other criminal activity.

Topics: terrorism awareness in Canada, recon and intel indicators, purchasing materials, first responders – when at calls what to look for, 7/8 signs of terrorism, potential criminal or non-criminal activity, e.g., eliciting information, photography etc., suspicious activity reporting, see it – hear it – report it, forgotten or suspicious bag initial assessment (HOT)

Suicide bombing - also called homicide bomb or person borne IED (PBIED).  Is a terrorist bomb attack in which the perpetrator knows that he or she will be killed in the explosion.

Topics: recognition points such as appearance and behaviour, what can you do?, misconceptions, your 6th sense, role of unarmed security.

Hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) - A hostile vehicle is generally one whose driver is determined to access a restricted or unauthorised area or location in order to cause injury/death to people, disrupt business or effect publicity for a cause. A hostile vehicle may be used to carry an explosive device or the vehicle itself, travelling at speed, may present the primary danger.  Note that this course does not cover situational awareness of isolated pedestrians.

Topics: tactics, types of threat (parked vehicle, encroachment, penetrative, deceptive, duress against driver), separating hostile traffic from pedestrians in crowd control, mitigation (traffic calming, vehicle dynamics assessment, active and passive vehicle security barriers (VSB), non-destructive search of vehicles - dos and don’ts of searching, interviewing/questioning vehicle occupants, visual indicators from an approaching vehicle. Protecting Crowded Places.