Press Release

Training session for first responders on homemade explosives

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Emergency Management Agency will host an anti-terrorism training session for first responders on response strategies when encountering homemade explosives from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. at Florian Hall, 45 Commerce Drive. The course is titled “Homemade Explosives: Awareness, Recognition, and Response.”

The homemade explosives course will provide first responders with the knowledge to recognize and report the presence of the HMEs as well as the precursors and facilities where HMEs are fabricated. The course includes instructions and training on Explosives Characteristics and Hazards, recognition of a wide variety of HME precursors, recognition of HME manufacturing and IED production, HME scene safety and security, and community awareness and education on HME’s. 

Training is presented by New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech)/Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, and the lead DHS National Domestic Preparedness Consortium partner for explosives and firearms, live explosives, and incendiary devices training.

All training and course materials are provided free of charge. Reimbursement for travel, lodging, and meals will not be provided.

Interested first responders may register by using FEMA Form 119-25-1 training application ([download, .pdf format](, or submitted by fax at 207-287-3178.


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