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PRSBI Course Description

The course offers a unique blend of classroom presentations, field laboratories, case studies, and performance exercises. It addresses, in detail, the issues required to be addressed in a jurisdiction’s plans to deal with the suicide bombing threat.

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The mission of the Training Business Unit of the Energetic Research and Testing Center of New Mexico Tech is to develop and deliver high quality training as judged by client evaluations and industry standards that is tailored to the needs of the client and reflects the client’s job training requirements.

We meet our goals through a strong cadre of instructors, program managers, research scientists, incomparable testing facilities, highly experienced instructional designers, and an established training record.

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Person of Contact: Dennis Hunter
Email: Dennis
Phone: 575.835.5725

DHS/FEMA First Responder


EMRTC is a leader in developing and providing DHS/FEMA approved training to qualified First Responders. The primary objective of first responder training is to prevent or circumvent an incident involving explosives. The use of practical exercises, field labs, and job-based case scenarios is integrated in all courses when possible.

Private Sector Training


EMRTC has a comprehensive foundation of intellectual property relating to energetic materials. This is the result of over fifty-years of testing and evaluating energetic materials and designing training that has been delivered to over a half-million participants. Research, testing operations and facilities are available to enhance training.

Playas Training & Research Center


Playas Training and Research Center serves government and industry clients, nationally and internationally, that require controlled-environment reality-based test and training venues in any aspect of the science of physical security. PTRC provides a unique, adaptive, controlled and comprehensive range platform to advance the effectiveness and appropriateness of client tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Military Training & Facilities


EMRTC has an established reputation of providing support and capability for military training. Numerous military organizations have leveraged our wide range of facilities and support technologies for their particular training needs.

Border Security Training


EMRTC has the courses and development capability to provide a wide range of courses in the Border Security area. Specialized master instructors are available to provide technical assistance, delivery of academic classes, and practical exercises.


Our recognized 50-year reputation is the result of training:

  • State, local, and tribal first responders
  • Military units
  • Federal agencies
  • Energetic material community, including public utilities
  • State and local border security enforcement personnel
  • Development and delivery of rapidly evolving first responder training
    • Trained more than 500,000 responders
    • Operational Test Ranges for live explosives
  • Proprietary training courses tailored for a variety of client needs including
    • Military units
    • Organizations that utilize and/or handle energetic materials
  • Two major training sites
    • EMRTC field labs with Operational Test Ranges up to 50,000 lbs. of explosives
    • Playas Training and Research Center with Operational Test Ranges up to 10,000 lbs. of explosives

National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) Member

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New Mexico Tech/EMRTC is a proud member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium. The NDPC is a professional alliance sponsored through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Preparedness Directorate to provide high-quality training to emergency responders throughout the United States and its territories.

The NDPC supports the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security by providing emergency response training. The training is:

  • Focused on preparing for and responding to WMD and terrorism
  • Available to state, tribal and local First Responders
  • Presented through case studies and hands-on field exercises
  • Available in several formats: classroom, field-based, or online

EMRTC is the lead NDPC partner for prevention, deterrence, response and recovery to incidents involving explosive materials or devices.

Other NDPC Members

National Center for Biomedical Research and Training at Louisiana State University

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National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center at Texas Engineering Extension Service

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Counter Terrorism Operations Support

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University of Hawaii

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Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

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