Technical/Operations Level

  • Four-day, 32-hour, train-the-trainer course format
  • 3.2 Continuing education units

Course Description

This train-the-trainer course is designed to prepare emergency responders to perform effectively and safely during bombing incidents at all locations at an incident scene, including the hot (kill) zone. The course includes detailed instruction on improvised explosive devices, materials, and explosive effects; and comprehensive training on critical response actions during pre- and post-detonation operations. Extensive field training, including explosives effects demonstrations, is included in the course.

In addition, the course addresses actions that emergency responders can take to prevent and/or deter terrorist attacks involving energetic materials. Participants who successfully complete this course and are certified as trainers by their agencies are also certified to deliver the Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings awareness level course to their agencies. Note that this course does not prepare emergency response personnel to perform as explosive ordnance or bomb technicians.

Course Objectives

  • Describe components, interactions, and physical phenomena associated with explosive events
  • Describe appropriate actions for executing safe and effective response to bomb threat and suspicious item incidents
  • Perform critical response actions during pre- and post-detonation incidents involving terrorist use of energetic materials (explosives and incendiaries)
  • Use techniques to prevent and/or deter terrorist attacks involving energetic materials
  • Understand the destructive potential of energetic materials that may be used in terrorist attacks
  • Present the course’s awareness-level training


  • 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


  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Public Works

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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