Explosion Detection Dog Teams - Continuation Training on Live HMA and Commercial Military Grade Explosives.
In recent years the majority of IEDs deployed throughout UK and Europe have incorporated homemade energetic materials such as TATP in their construction both as initiators and main charges. For the first time, commercial Explosives Detection Dog Handlers are able to train their dogs using live TATP and other homemade energetic compounds as well as work on bulk quantity of commercial and military grade explosives.
ISSEE, in conjunction with T&L Canine, delivers a NASDU approved continuation training course for Level 4 certified EDD teams as required under BS 8517 Part 2.
This CT training is unique in that it has been designed to ensure EDD handlers are given an opportunity to work their dog(s) on the current explosive threat matrix used within the UK and Europe by providing HME compositions manufactured by ISSEE based on latest incidents and open source intelligence.
The Scent Recognition Test has been introduced by NASDU. The purpose of this procedure is to provide an objective test to confirm that NASDU Detection Dogs have a measurable ability to identify target scents whilst ignoring identified interferent substances (distractors). The test is the basis for the CT training offered by ISSEE.
Although by law commercially manufactured explosives are mandated to have taggants to aid in their detection, the most recent attacks in the UK and Europe have been carried out using HME, in particular TATP, which are not tagged.
The scent logic samples are designed to provide handlers with an ability to detect the taggants rather than the HME. ISSEE is authorised to manufacture HME in small quantities for training but due to the sensitivity and nature of the HME it cannot be moved or sold limiting access on a wider basis for training.
The continuation training conducted at ISSEE allows EDD teams access to both HME and commercial/military grade explosives in sufficient quantity to provide a unique training experience.
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