The DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) offers a wide array of training programs and resources, at no cost, to government and private sector partners. Web-based training, classroom courses, and associated training materials provide government officials and critical infrastructure owners and operators with the knowledge and skills needed to implement critical infrastructure security and resilience activities. For further information, visit the DHS Critical Infrastructure Training Website.
Maturing Public-Private Partnerships Workshops
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Training and Education Division announced the certification of AWR-342, Maturing Public-Private Partnership Course, developed by the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) at Frederick Community College.
These free, three-day, 20-hour workshops provide innovative techniques and integrated strategies to bolster societal security, resilience, and preparedness in the face of the unexpected. The program is conducted nationwide as arranged by the requesting agency. Participants are awarded two continuing education units (CEUs) upon successful completion.
For additional information and registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the Frederick Community College website.
Office for Bombing Prevention Training Courses:
New Homemade Explosives and Precursor Chemicals Awareness for Public Safety Computer-Based Training
The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) is pleased to announce a new computer-based training (CBT) to educate law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other public safety personnel about homemade explosives—commonly referred to as HME—and the precursor chemicals that are used to manufacture HME. The Homemade Explosives and Precursor Chemicals Awareness for Public Safety CBT includes information about HME dangers, who manufacturers them, what to look for on a call, and actions to take if HME precursor chemicals or equipment are thought to be present during a routine service call. The new Homemade Explosives and Precursor Chemicals Awareness for Public Safety CBT will be available to registered users on TRIPwire. For more information please contact email@example.com.
Bomb Threat Management Planning Course
This course improves the ability of critical infrastructure owners, operators, and security personnel to manage improvised explosive device (IED) threats by highlighting specific safety precautions associated with explosive incidents and bomb threats. The course reinforces an integrated approach that combines training, planning, and equipment acquisition to maximize available resources for bomb threat management. Public and private sector representatives knowledgeable in emergency management procedures are encouraged to attend. This eight-hour course can accommodate 25 participants.
IED Counterterrorism Workshop
This workshop enhances the participant’s understanding of the IED threat, surveillance detection methods, and soft target awareness. The workshop also covers awareness and prevention measures, as well as collaborative information-sharing resources to enable first responders and critical infrastructure owners, operators, and security staff to deter, prevent, detect, and protect against the illicit and terrorist use of explosives in the United States. This eight-hour workshop can accommodate 250 participants.
IED Search Procedures Course
This course provides participants with foundational knowledge of search safety procedures and the opportunity to practice live searches of a facility, an area, and a route. This course builds knowledge of counter-IED principles and techniques among first responders and public and private sector security partners tasked with IED search and response. This 11-hour (1.5-day) workshop can accommodate 25 participants.
Protective Measures Course
This course builds awareness and understanding of the IED threat, terrorist planning cycle, and indicators of suspicious activity. Participants, including critical infrastructure staff tasked with increasing the security posture of a facility or event, learn about facility vulnerability analysis, counter-IED protective measures, and strategies that can be utilized to mitigate risk and reduce vulnerabilities within their unique sectors. This eight-hour course can accommodate 25 participants.
Surveillance Detection for Law Enforcement and Security Professionals
This course provides law enforcement and public and private sector security professionals instruction on how to detect hostile surveillance by exploring surveillance techniques, tactics, and procedures from a hostile perspective. These skills enhance counter-IED capabilities of law enforcement and security professionals to detect, prevent, protect against, and respond to IED threats. This three-day course can accommodate 25 participants. FEMA EMI IS-914, Surveillance Awareness, is a prerequisite for this course.
Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) Detection Course
This course improves the participant’s ability to successfully inspect for, detect, identify, and respond to a VBIED. Instruction covers the VBIED threat, explosive effects, IEDs, and vehicle inspections, enabling participants to detect, deter, and protect against the illicit use of explosives. The course is designed for first responders and public/private sector security staff tasked with inspecting vehicles for explosives, dangerous goods, or any contraband. This eight-hour course can accommodate 25 participants.
Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)
These modules below are provided virtually and can be accessed through multiple platforms, including computer, tablet, and smartphone. These courses can accommodate 25 participants. To register for any of the VILT courses, please visit the VILT Scheduling and Registration webpage.
For more information on these courses, please contact OBPTraining@hq.dhs.gov.
Homemade Explosives Awareness and Precursor Awareness (HME-P)
Provides foundational knowledge on HMEs and common precursor materials that are used to build IEDs. Each session is 75 minutes long.
Improvised Explosive Device Construction and Classification (IED-CC)
Provides foundational knowledge on the construction and classification of IEDs. Each session is 75 minutes long.
*The above are all non-funded by R7 HCC
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