Homemade Explosives (HME) and Improvised Explosive Devises (IED)

Redding, CA - Redding City Hall
March 23, 2017
Region VIII


This course will provide instruction on how to identify chemicals and precursors associated with homemade explosives as well as the manufacturing of improvised explosive devices. Many of the precursor chemicals found in a homemade explosives lab are also utilized in the manufacturing of controlled substances, which poses a danger to first responders. This course will also provide information on how to differentiate explosive precursors from drug precursors as well as provide actual case studies involving clandestine explosive laboratories. Participants will also have to work a simulated HME lab and determine what explosives are being manufactured from readily available commercial products. This class is useful for law enforcement, first responders, fire fighters, narcotics officers, EOD officers, bomb technicians, and other tactical responders (SWAT/SRU) units involved in combating Drug Proliferation, terrorism and homeland security. Instructional topics include:

  • Introduction to Explosives
  • Improvised Explosive Devices
  • Manufacturing Homemade Explosives
  • Precursor chemicals that are used in both explosive and drug manufacturing processes
  • Case Studies involving homemade explosive laboratories
  • PRACTICAL EXERCISE – Scenario involving a complex HME Lab

Fee: $35.00 for current CNOA members and $45.00 for non-members. The class fee will be accepted during sign-in on the day of the class. Checks are to be made out to “CNOA Region II.” If pre-paying for the class by check, please mail to WSIN, 1825 Bell St, Suite 205, Sacramento, CA 95825, Attn: CNOA. If paying with cash, please have the exact amount. If paying by credit card, please contact Erin Horn at ehorn@wsin.riss.net. CNOA membership applications will be available for those wishing to join.

Instructor: John Jermain

Mr. Jermain is an explosive chemist with the ATF’s Western Region Forensics Laboratory. Before joining ATF, he worked in Southern California for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department analyzing controlled substances and investigating clandestine drug laboratories. During his time with ATF, Mr. Jermain has analyzed numerous homemade explosives and improvised explosive devices, and has investigated bombing scenes and clandestine explosive laboratories throughout the Western United States. He has had extensive training with the DEA, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security, and provides training to Federal Agents, Military personnel, and local bomb techs throughout the United States. Mr. Jermain possesses a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Chemistry from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Non-Member Price: $45.00Member Price: $35.00
Redding City Hall
777 Cypress Avenue
Redding, CA 96001