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MSA Bomb Dogs Experience Best-in-Class Training

Our highly-successful Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) program is rooted in an unmatched training philosophy and truly unique-to-the-industry focus on the development of single-purpose, single-handler teams that are trained exclusively in explosive odor detection.

It all begins at our state-of-the-art 45,000 square-foot training facility in Windsor, CT, where we are one of the few companies licensed by the ATF to purchase, store and train using live explosives. MSA EDC teams are never trained on simulant explosive odors. This is a key distinction in the industry that gives MSA bomb dogs an edge that is unattainable in standard training environments. MSA trains on all five families of explosives and homemade explosives (HMEs) – including TATP, HMTD, Potassium Chlorate, Ammonium Nitrate and Urea Nitrate. 

 

The MSA Training Philosophy Counters Contamination

MSA is committed financially and philosophically to eliminating all contamination and does not “cocktail” during imprintation or training. A crucial distinction, this means that MSA bomb dogs are trained on pure odors to ensure effective recognition in the field. This commitment requires greater in-house diligence, as well as additional time, resources and expense – but it is an area without compromise that makes a critical difference in our program’s success.

 

A Proven Explosive Odor Detection Training Method

MSA training prepares dogs for explosive detection in four proven phases:

Breeding: A rigorous vetting process selects best-in-class sporting breeds with a keen sense of smell, strong drive, intelligence, stable temperament and eagerness to please.

Socialization: The selection of dogs with an impressive level of existing socialization accelerates the training process and yields impressive results.

Imprintation: Following basic obedience training, MSA dogs begin comprehensive olfactory training where they learn to sniff out 32 different explosive odors with a “sit” alert response. Dogs are trained daily utilizing either food or play rewards depending on their individual interest and always using real, uncontaminated explosives.

Operational: Critical specialty module training focuses on real-life field work and will often directly reflect the dog / handler deployment. 

 

Specialty Training Modules

Continued Training Education for MSA EDC Teams

The threat of explosives is ever changing. MSA’s highly-acclaimed EDC program is consistently evaluated to meet the highest level of performance standards and market distinction. Our dog / handler teams receive world-class training prior to releasing into the field and are provided continual education throughout their careers. Semi-annual training includes Explosive Identification classes for handlers, which are taught by bomb technicians experienced in the latest explosive threats. These classes ensure that our handlers are always ready for real-life, real-threat scenarios and the progression of homemade explosives. While not a requirement, MSA also chooses to annually administer the Department of Justice National Odor Recognition Test (DOJ NORT) certification for all teams.

To learn more about our EDC Training Facility or to schedule a visit, email info@msasecurity.net.

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