Technical/Operations Level

  • 8-hour, train-the-trainer course format
  • 0.8 Continuing education units

Course Description

ILERSBA is a performance level course developed with support and cooperation from the Department of Homeland Security, National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board, and New Mexico Tech. This course provides front-line law enforcement officers with the skills and knowledge to effectively interdict and respond to an imminent suicide bombing attack (person-borne or vehicle-borne) or a non-suicide attack involving a vehicle-borne device.

Course Objectives

  • Identify tactics and describe how different techniques employed by terrorists when executing suicide attacks impact on initial incident response by law enforcement personnel
  • Describe the impact of safety issues on selecting response options while responding to a suicide bombing incident
  • Apply legal principles to determine probable cause and identify appropriate use of force options in suicide bombing incidents
  • Respond effectively and decisively to contain or control a person borne terrorist attack
  • Respond effectively and decisively to contain or control a vehicle borne terrorist attack
  • Effectively apply the information and concepts presented in Initial the course to scenarios involving potential suicide bombers and improvised explosive devices


  • United States citizenship
  • Actively employed or volunteer member of a first responder or emergency management agency
  • Assignment or identification for assignment to a position responsible for conducting WMD training; developing plans, policies, procedures and tactics to govern response; providing specialized response support during WMD incidents; or coordinating initial response to a WMD incident
  • Sufficient tenure remaining in their current or future position to allow for the application of course material upon their return
  • For personnel who desire trainer certification, completion of an instructor training program, and/or documented experience as a trainer
  • Required prerequisites must be verified by the participant’s department at the time of application
  • Picture ID, preferably one issued by their department, must be presented to instructors prior to the start of instruction


  • Fire Service
  • Law Enforcement

Note: Participants who pass the course final with a minimum score of 70 percent are certified as trainers and may earn academic credits from New Mexico Tech. Students interested in obtaining undergraduate or graduate level credit for the IRTB or PRSBI course should contact Leslie Griego at 575.835.5595 or 1-866-476-9433, or email

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Course Schedule

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