Applied Response Solutions

 

The staff of Applied Response Solutions has a long history of working together with responders, both in training and operations. The ARS staff has diverse backgrounds including extensive experience with military and civilian emergency response, and we understand the successful resolution of a major incident is not only the result of the equipment an agency buys, but also, the expertise and experience developed prior to the incident. That kind of expertise – real and practical expertise, doesn't come easy. It is the result of training and experience. You can buy the training, but experience must be earned the hard way. At ARS, we don't just provide training, we provide the student the experience needed to become a true professional. We do this in two ways. One, by employing instructors with real world experience, men and women who have actually employed the skills they teach around the world. And two, we make the training scenario-based and as realistic as possible. With ARS you'll never hear the words, "just pretend" or "notional".

CBRN Operators Course
The 40-hour CBRN Operations Course is designed to provide HazMat and Clandestine Lab Teams with the training, skills and experience necessary to conduct reconnaissance and surveys, collecting the appropriate samples and providing the information and intelligence to the command element.  A site survey is essentially an information-gathering mission; the information may come from instruments, collected samples and first hand observations.  This course addresses the fundamentals, such as the ability to observe objects, places, reactions, materials, discarded materials or events and accurately recall the information at a later time. The course then progresses to the advanced methods involved in sensitive site exploitations and signature collection and sampling. 

Asymmetric CBRNE Field Training Exercises
The Asymmetric Field Training Course emphasizes the less traditional and unconventional pathways that may be exploited to yield toxic chemical agents, materials or explosives.  The FTX practical exercises may involve one or more training days or exercises. ARS staff will tailor the conduct and pace of the FTX to meet the unit’s training objectives. The scenarios will be operational and will have solvents and chemicals, with very small amounts of hazardous materials contained within. The training locations will be restricted or controlled once the materials are delivered and assembled. The exercise will emphasize asymmetric threats, processes and equipment. Additional FTX’s are available with or without actual role players. On Day 1, the exercise will begin with a vehicle stop. Local LEO’s will call for Federal assistance. The responding federal law enforcement officer will conduct an interview with a role player. The stop will yield the intelligence necessary to locate and exploit the production location. Day 2 is a continuation with the exploitation of the testing facility. On Day 3, the team will have a rehab day to recover and refit. Intelligence from day one and two will lead to the dissemination testing facility, used to test devices. The location will have disseminated materials inside a closed structure. A hands-on walk thru AAR will be conducted with positive lessons learned after each exercise. Single or multiple teams may be integrated for the exercise. This training opportunity can be a joint enterprise involving multiple agencies within the jurisdiction responsible for disaster response or a single agency exercises. The scenario realism will exercise all facets of a team, command, agency or multi-agency response, including materials, locations, intelligence, role players and NIMS.

IED and WMD Dissemination Awareness
This 8-40 hour block of instruction is designed to acquaint the student with the principles of Improvised Explosive Device construction, materials, site exploitation hazards and actual devices to deliver WMD materials. The course and training materials will teach the student to recognize the materials that may be used to construct, deploy, detonate and disseminate improvised devices. The COI includes basic explosion physics, an overview of types of explosives and the various ways in which they may be employed.  It is NOT a “render safe” or EOD course and is not designed to prepare students to mitigate or disarm devices.  It does include basic bomb search procedures, detection and sampling technology and is primarily designed to prepare the emergency responder to recognize materials and avoid the hazards of explosives, IED’s, VBIED’s, secondary devices and WMD dissemination devices.

Crime Scene Preservation and Evidence Collection in a CBRNE Environment
The 40 hour COI will consist of four days of classroom lecture and discussion, followed by practical application exercises providing “hands on” experience.  The final (5th) day will consist of a Field Training Exercise (FTX), designed to incorporate the level of complexity desired by the Team’s command.  The COI is designed to familiarize the non-law enforcement emergency first responder with the principles of crime scene protection and evidence collection in a CBRNE environment.  The course focuses on observation and documentation to include the proper preparation of chain of custody documents, log books and calibrations.  The class stresses the principles that non-law enforcement HazMat technicians collect “samples”, not evidence, while striving to impart the understanding that their team may collect samples at the request of law enforcement or the samples may become evidence. The incident may become part of a criminal case where the Teams’ protocols, documentation and training are essential to successful prosecutions in a state or federal court. The COI includes State and Federal rules of evidence, crime scene legalities, prosecution, trial prep and criminal court lessons. The class emphasizes the importance of teamwork between agencies and problem solving in the CBRNE incident.

Advanced Instrumentation and Operation of Detection Equipment

This 8-40 hour course is designed to enable the student to get the most out of the equipment he has available.  It will take the student beyond the basics, demonstrating the maximum capability of each piece of equipment.  The course will teach the student to use his equipment collectively, integrating a suite of instruments, rather than independent, stand alone tools.  The student will learn to apply analytical reasoning to his assessment process and to reconcile both false positives and unexpected test results.  The class is almost exclusively “hands on”.

Decontamination Training
All hazard decontamination training utilizing the Decon Training Kit “DTK” is exceptionally effective to assess dermal exposure, incomplete decontamination, and sampling contamination during WMD/CBRNE and TIC/TIM training. The dramatic visualization of the disclosing agent tracer demonstrates “Contamination” during training scenarios, providing the students, instructors and controllers insight as to where and how contamination occurred.  The Decon Training Kit enables non-hazardous training to be used to evaluate sample collection contamination, sample management, testing of samples, how contamination is spread, improper PPE removal, sensitive gear decon, reusable PPE contamination and emergency decon.

Hazardous Materials Technician Training
Awareness, Operations, Technician, Specialized and Refresher courses tailored for each agency or Team.

 

 

The Counter-Terrorism Training Center (CTC)

The Counter-Terrorism Training Center (CTC) is a unique facility that replicates a realistic rural/urban environment with over 140 buildings and structures, including eleven buildings, ranging from 4,000 to 66,000 square feet and including multi-room, multi-floor structures all capable of scenario based training and multiple flat ranges from five (5) yards to 750 yards.

All of our structures are capable of UTM®, Simunition®, SRTA “Blue Bolt”, or live fire (bullet trap) configurations. The urban areas of the CTC are surrounded by thousands of acres of farm and ranch land accessible for Full Mission Profile training evolutions.

 

 

 

 

The training provided by ARS is designed to build upon the skills already possessed by the student. All courses of instruction (COI) are structured with the ability level of the responder in mind, and courses can be tailored to fit particular agencies goals. The objective of ARS is to enhance an agency's ability to plan for, respond to and manage a disaster involving chemical, biological or radiation hazards, laying the groundwork in training for successful execution.  The Counter-Terrorism Training Center (CTC) is available for offsite training.


 

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