MSA Security Opens New State-of-the-Art EDC Training Facility
NEW YORK, NY, October 4, 2010 – MSA Security announced today that it has opened a new state-of-the-art Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) training facility in Windsor, Connecticut. This new facility offers more than 10,000 square feet of training space, to accommodate the company’s expanding EDC program, and replaces its previous training grounds.
“Retired law enforcement and prior military handlers all seem to agree that this is as fine a facility as they have trained in,” says MSA Security Chief Trainer Michael Wynn. “The great space available allows us to conduct multiple training events at the same time and has helped us keep up with our growing requirements.”
The new training academy will serve as the primary location for all phases of the company’s comprehensive canine and handler training program. The academy has both indoor and outdoor training spaces, including an EDC agility course to train the canines in vehicle and truck inspections, check-point operations, interior and exterior building sweeps, mass area sweeps, and cargo inspections. It has an adjacent kennel to house and care for the canines.
MSA Security, which is the largest private provider of EDC services in the United States, uses a single handler program and trains its canine for the single purpose of detecting explosives. MSA canines are acquired from a primary source, Puppies behind Bars (PBB). The canines have been screened for aptitude, drive and suitability for EDC work. PBB also supplies dogs to the New York City Police Department Bomb Squad; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the State Department; and other federal agencies. The EDC program is SAFETY Act certified by the Department of Homeland Security.
This modern facility will be used to maintain and build on the certifications standards MSA has established with the private EDC community. MSA Security is fully licensed in the United States to possess high and low explosives for training and testing EDC teams, and our canines are imprinted on triacetone triperoxide (TATP). MSA EDC teams are certified in accordance with United States Army standards AR 190-12 and the North American Police Work Dog Association standards. Additionally, MSA administers the Department of Justice (DOJ) National Odor Recognition Test (NORT) to all our teams quarterly.
Learn more about our EDC Training Academy here.