Thursday, June 5, 2014

TEEX Explosive Breacher course is the bomb.

Explosive entry continues to grow in American Law Enforcement, and it can be a viable tactical option for high-risk warrants and hostage rescues. The 40-hour TEEX Explosive Breacher Entry course is designed to increase the knowledge of this tactic and its appropriate application, and to provide hands-on skills training for SWAT, Tactical, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams.

During this five-day explosive entry training course, participants learn to construct distraction devices and the proper use of other explosives by conducting approximately 60 detonations, using various amounts of explosives, on Class 1 Steel doors as well as solid wood and hollow core doors. The training helps to ensure proper logging, placement and application of methods used to gain entry in a safe but effective manner. A recent participant describes his experience:
As a bomb tech in California, I have attended a large number of schools. I am taking the time to write this evaluation because I am so impressed with the quality of this explosive breacher school. To begin with, Kelly Boaz and Joseph Littlejohn were the perfect instructors for this course. Their personal knowledge and experience went far beyond ‘subject matter experts.’ Even with their tactical background, they communicated effectively and were great teachers… 
There were at least six different types of charges for students to build. There were at least five different types of doors… It goes without saying that we as students completed a lot of breaches. Yet I was amazed that I learned something new with every shot we built.

Last, where the true application of this information began was in the ‘shoot house.’…The scenario selected was spot on and demonstrated the need for Bomb and SWAT teams to work together in the future. 
The use of simulations elevated the realism to an unprecedented level and really drove into my mind the reasons for tactical awareness... I must say I am very impressed and would recommend this class to all supervisors and outside agencies I work with.  Well done. 
Nicholas Kennedy, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, California
About TEEX

World renowned for its hands-on, customized training, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) offers a wide range of technical and skills training programs in emergency response and Homeland Security. TEEX provides training and technical assistance to people from all 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and 79 countries. The agency is a member of The Texas A&M University System and has delivered law enforcement extension training for more than 70 years.