Training Topics

Training Topics

No.1

Commander’s Search Appreciation Course

Duration 1 Day

This course is designed to provide an overview of the possibilities of search and its limitations within the criminal and military field of operation together with cost implications.

The course takes the form of lectures and discussions and explores the advantages in using fully trained search personnel, whether in a Counter Terrorist or criminal search role. It caters for up to 50 students, although an optimum number is 25 – 30.

Intended for

  • Senior command personnel in police, military and security fields
  • Middle management staff requiring an understanding of the subject

Benefits

  • Attendees will gain an appreciation of offensive and defensive search, what can be realistically achieved by these methods and when to employ them.
  • Enable informed operational decisions to be made in relation to evidence and intelligence gathering.
  • To identify and select the most cost effective training package to meet the needs of his organisation.
  • To maintain and develop a motivated search capability.

Programme Content

  • The aims of search
  • Its objectives
  • The current threat
  • Search operations
  • Legality of the search
  • Risk and vulnerability assessment
  • Constraining factors
  • Command, control and communications
  • Assessment and response
  • Planning, orders and briefings
  • Health and safety
  • Training requirements and implications

No.2

Bomb/Search Awareness/ Post Room

Duration 1/2 Day

The course provides a basic knowledge of current postal and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the action to take when dealing with them and equipment available to assist in their detection.

The course will heighten the awareness of the effects of explosives and terrorism and suggest a few simple building search techniques for every day use. Maximum number of students is 30.

Intended for

  • Security Staff
  • Mailroom Staff
  • Incident Marshals
  • Secretaries and general office staff
  • Receptionists
  • Maintenance staff

Benefits

  • A basic knowledge of IEDs
  • The actions to take in the event of a suspect device being found.
  • What to do and, more importantly, what not to do if you initially have to take charge when a bomb incident occurs.
  • The action to be taken to save hundreds of lives and, in the process, safeguard hundreds of jobs.
  • The potential to prevent thousands of pounds worth of damage to buildings and property by knowing how to recognise a possible device.

Programme Content

  • The terrorist threat
  • Types of devices and postal device recognition
  • Action on a find and evacuation
  • Equipment evaluation
  • Introduction to basic search techniques

No.3

Bomb/Search Awareness

Duration 1 Day

The course provides a basic knowledge of current improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the action to take when dealing with them and equipment available to assist in their detection.

The course will heighten the awareness of the effects of explosives and terrorism and suggest a few simple building search techniques together with practical exercises. Maximum number of students is 15. Dependant on student numbers, this course requires 1 – 2 instructors.

Intended for

  • Security Staff
  • Mailroom Staff
  • Incident Marshals
  • Secretaries and general office staff
  • Receptionists
  • Maintenance staff

Benefits

  • A basic knowledge of IEDs
  • A basic knowledge of the principles of building search.
  • The actions to take in the event of a suspect device being found.
  • What to do and, more importantly, what not to do if you initially have to take charge when a bomb incident occurs.
  • The action to be taken to save hundreds of lives and, in the process, safeguard hundreds of jobs.
  • The potential to prevent thousands of pounds worth of damage to buildings and property by knowing how to recognise a possible device.

Programme Content

  • The terrorist threat
  • Types of devices and device recognition
  • Action on a find and evacuation
  • Equipment evaluation
  • Introduction to basic search techniques
  • Practical search exercise

No.4

Duration 2 Day Search Awareness

Similar in content to Course 3, the 2 Day course provides the opportunity to introduce additional search disciplines such as vehicle or route searching together with elements of basic search planning.

Maximum number of students is 15 – 25. Dependant on student numbers, this course requires 1 – 3 instructors.

Intended for

  • Security Managers and Staff
  • Facilities staff
  • Incident Marshals
  • Police or military personnel
  • Maintenance staff

Benefits

  • A basic knowledge of IEDs.
  • A basic knowledge of the principles of building and vehicle search.
  • How to apply basic search planning.
  • The actions to take in the event of a suspect device being found.
  • What to do and, more importantly, what not to do if you initially have to take charge when a bomb incident occurs.
  • The action to be taken to save hundreds of lives and, in the process, safeguard hundreds of jobs.
  • The potential to prevent thousands of pounds worth of damage to buildings and property by knowing how to recognise a possible device.

Programme Content

  • The terrorist threat
  • Types of devices and device recognition
  • Action on a find and evacuation
  • Basic search planning
  • Introduction to basic search techniques
  • Practical search exercise

No. 5

Duration 4/7 day Initial Search Course Benefits

The object of the 4 Day course is to produce students fully trained in C.T. Low Risk Search Techniques and includes practical, hands on, exercises. It provides techniques for effectively searching buildings, venues, vehicles, people, routes and areas.

It also updates the threat as it relates to the organisation/country, deals with the effect of explosives, the appropriate use of dogs and introduces current search equipment.

The addition of extra days would give Search Supervisors on the course an opportunity to examine the planning implications and command and control requirements of a search operation. Maximum numbers on this course are 25 students. Instructor levels will depend on student numbers but will be 3-5.

Intended for

  • Police officers and military personnel
  • Security Managers and staff
  • Incident Marshals
  • Facilities Managers
  • Maintenance staff

Benefits

  • A basic knowledge of IEOs.
  • Knowledge of the devastating effects of explosives.
  • A knowledge of systematic, methodical techniques allowing effective searches of buildings, venues, vehicles, people, routes and areas.
  • How to plan, execute and control a search at a basic level.
  • The actions to take in the event of a suspect device being found.
  • What to do and, more importantly, what not to do if you initially have to take charge when a bomb incident occurs.

Programme Content

  • The terrorist threat
  • Types of devices and device recognition
  • Action on a find and evacuation
  • Search equipment evaluation
  • Use of dogs
  • Effects of Explosives (Explosive demonstration where possible)
  • Introduction to basic building / venue search techniques
  • Vehicle search
  • Search planning
  • Body search
  • Route search
  • Area search
  • Practical search exercises
  • Written examination
  • Brief and preparation for final exercise
  • Final practical exercise

No.6

Duration – 3 / 4 Week Search Planning Course

This course undertakes to provide a greater, in depth knowledge of counter-terrorist search and introduces basic planning aspects of the discipline.

It requires a general level of knowledge of basic search and will provide the grounding for search planning and the future creation of the role of Search Adviser.

Police Search Advisers are capable of planning, conducting and controlling low risk counter terrorist searches [and conventional crime searches] performed by their trained search teams. They can also provide a degree of search training, particularly search awareness training and team continuation training. They can offer advice on all search matters, whether counter terrorist or not.

Maximum numbers on this course are 25 students. Instructor levels will depend on student number but will be 3 – 5.

Intended for

Benefits

  • A basic knowledge of IEDs.
  • Knowledge of the devastating effects of explosives.
  • A knowledge of systematic, methodical techniques allowing effective searches of buildings, venues, vehicles, people, routes and areas.
  • How to plan, execute and control a search at a basic level.
  • The actions to take in the event of a suspect device being found.
  • What to do and, more importantly, what not to do if you initially have to take charge when a bomb incident occurs.

Programme Content

  • The terrorist threat
  • Types of devices and device recognition
  • Action on a find and evacuation
  • Search equipment evaluation
  • Use of dogs
  • Effects of Explosives (Explosive demonstration where possible)
  • Introduction to basic building / venue search techniques
  • Vehicle search
  • Search planning
  • Body search
  • Route search
  • Area search
  • Practical search exercises
  • Written examination
  • Brief and preparation for final exercise
  • Final practical exercise

No.7

Duration: 4 – 6 Week Basic EOD I IEDD Course

Intended for

  • Police Officers
  • Military Personnel

Programme Content

  • Helath and Safety legislation / Best Practice.
  • The difference and applications of high and low explosives.
  • The principles and objectives of explosives trains.
  • The principles of explosives power.
  • Blast effects and their uses.
  • Methods of reducing blast effects.
  • First aid in respect of blast trauma.
  • Practical experience in the handling of explosives, including the making up of ring mains and line detonation systems.
  • The responsibilities of supervisors whilst carrying out explosive demolitions.
  • Demolition Range Planning.
  • Siting of Demolition and Burning grounds.
  • UK Health and Safety and the Explosives Act, 1875.
  • Explosives Safety.
  • Explosives Storage Areas.
  • Explosives Transportation.
  • Explosives Security.
  • Radiation Hazards in respect of explosives.
  • Explosives and explosives accessories live explosive disposal methods.
  • Booby-trap recognition and clearance techniques.
  • Explosive Ordnance Clearance techniques, Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance, evacuation and protective works including the use of detectors and locators.
  • EOD equipment including remote control vehicles and hook and line sets.
  • Mine action risk assessment & survey (IMAS).
  • Render Safe Procedures.
  • The principles of Improvised Explosives Devices.
  • Home Made Explosives, and their accessories.
  • Forensic Evidence gathering and handling.
  • Explosive Scene Management.
  • IED Disposal Equipment and Techniques.
  • IED Render Safe Procedures.
  • Responsibility and accountability when carrying out IED Render Safe Procedures.
  • Practical Scenario Based Training Exercise.

No. 8

Explosive Search and EOD Training

Strings Security Limited provides a comprehensive range of explosive search and EOD courses with recognised qualification accreditation through an associate company.

The Qualifications:

Currently there are six N/SVQs each based on the National Occupational Standards designed with a Munition Search, Munition Clearance or Specified Target Search emphasis. The six qualifications include operational management, supervisory management and operator level. One further qualification is awaiting accreditation by CQA and others may follow in the future. Brief descriptions of the qualifications are as follows:

  • Level 4 – Planning and Management of Munition Clearance Operations
  • Level 3 – Supervisory Management of Munition Clearance and/or Search Operations
  • Level 3 – Search for and Disposal of Munitions
  • Level 3 – Search for Munitions and/or Specified Targets
  • Level 2 – Contribute to the Search and/or Disposal Function
  • Level 1 – Provide Support for Search or Munition Clearance Operations

Suitable courses can be designed to cater for the range of qualifications.

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