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Basic/Intermediate Explosive Breaching Certification
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9/30/2019 to 10/4/2019
When: Monday, September 30, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: Garland PD
1891 Forest Ln
Garland, Texas 
United States
Contact: Brandon Hernandez

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Training Topics


Explosive theory

Breaching theory

Breaching application

Breaching administration


The student will be able to gather intelligence and evaluate a target so as to choose the correct breaching method for the given target. In doing so, the student will be able to identify the explosive materials used (I,e, blasting caps), the hazards involved, target make-up, and proper breaching selection. The student will be tested on the above objectives both through a practical exercise as well as a written exam.

Explosive breaching charges work on the principals of PUSH, Cut or Blast to achive the results needed to make entry. By using one or more of these principals to exploit the weaknesses present in a target the breacher should be capable of creating an entry point with minimal danger to anyone involved.

This course will consist of practical hands-on exercises under the guidance of a certified instructor. Theory and background information will be taught as each technique is introduced.

Student requirements

Personal safety equipment should always be incorporated into any breaching operation or training scenario.  The minimum safety equipment for each man is:

  1. Full Skin Coverage
  2. Gloves
  3. Body Armor
  4. Helmet
  5. Eye Protection
  6. Hearing Protection


T.C. Blassingame

Officer Blassingame has been a Garland Police Officer since 1994. Officer Blassingame joined the bomb unit in 1997 and attended HDS in 2002. Officer Blassingame attended basic SWAT in 2000 and has been teaching basic explosive explosive breaching since. Officer Blassingame took over command of the Garland Bomb Unit in 2016 and continued in this role until 2018. Officer Blassingame was assigned to the Garland Regional response team since 2000. Officer Blassingame is attached to the Garland SWAT team as a Tactical Bomb Technician and Master Breacher. Officer Blassingame instructs For the FBI, ATF and TTPOA.

CT Payne

Lt. CT Payne was a Garland Police Officer from 1984 to 2016 and a police supervisor from 1990 to 2016. In 1994 Lt Payne was assigned to command the Bomb Unit and attended Hazardous Devices School in 1995.  In 1995 Lt Payne established the Garland Explosive Breaching Program at which time he attended SWAT Basic Course, Tactical Explosive Entry School and Rapid Entry System Technologies.  Lt. Payne began instructing Basic Explosive Breaching for Texas Tactical Police Officers Association in 1999.   In 2000 Lt Payne developed the Garland Regional Response Group that provides EOD response to 22 counties in East Texas.  Lt Payne became a Tactical Bomb Technician Instructor in 2015

Cost 700.00

Registration must be done on-line.Payment should be made to TTPOA.  Credit card payment is strongly recommended.  Payments(checks)should be mailed to: Brandon Hernandez, 1891 Forest Lane, Garland, Texas 75042. Inquiries regarding the course, payment or other questions can be directed to  hernandezb@garlandtx.gov.   All fees are due by Sept 23,2019 .  There will be no refunds for cancellations after that date.


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Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland

 5101 North President George Bush Highway

GarlandTX 75040USA
Phone+1 972 414 3500 


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