EPE was proud to once again be the major sponsor of the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER) annual Summer Ball which was held on Thursday 21st November in Brisbane.
Referring to the Ball, the Commanding Officer of 2CER said “This has been another challenging year for 2CER. The transition to barracks routine and home life following back-to-back rotations to Afghanistan in 2012 has proven to be a test for our members and their families. Many of our soldiers who have been conducting our most dangerous mission in countering the threat from improvised explosive devices and mines have found it hard to adjust back to life at home. The memory of our three soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan and their more than 20 wounded comrades is a constant reminder of the sacrifice of the Regiment’s members and their families.”
EPE is proud to support this event for the soldiers.
Click here to view video of WA Police disposing of TATP – decked out in gear supplied by EPE.
Last week WA Police searched the Leschenault Estuary near where a member of the public spotted submerged packages on Tuesday afternoon.
It is not known whether the volatile chemicals had been dumped or whether they were being stored in the water in an attempt to keep them stable. A man apparently spotted a package while fishing off the jetty and alerted police.
Preliminary tests indicated the powder-like substance was illicit drugs. But when the seized packages were examined more closely, they suspected the substance was something more dangerous. TATP is a white crystalline powder and can resemble amphetamines.
Authorities realised they had not found drugs but instead a highly volatile bomb and a decision was made to destroy the powdery chemical. A delicate operation was launched to transport the chemicals to nearby Gloucester Park, where they could be safely disposed of.
Bomb squad officers in protective suits carefully lowered the containers into five separate 2m deep holes and buried them before they were each blown up in a series of controlled explosions.
Police executed a search warrant at a Jason Court home in Redbank Plains about 3.20pm yesterday. During the course of the search they found a suspicious device inside a Black Nissan Skyline.
The Queensland Police bomb squad was called to the home. The bomb squad utilised a remote-controlled robot to remove the item and examine it remotely prior to conducting further tests and X-Rays. The bomb squad dismantled the suspected pipe bomb. Photos from scene show the bomb squad using an array of detection and protective equipment supplied by EPE including EOD9 Bomb Suit and
Helmet ensemble, Revision Viper Helmet, Digital Vanguard robot, and X-Ray equipment.
EPE recently delivered our first 2 Talon Robot Maintenance courses for DMO. 11 Army personnel representing 5 different Units from across Australia have completed the 4 day training. Feedback from both courses has been extremely positive with participants particularly happy with the balance of theory and practical hands on fault finding. Participants learn various OEM endorsed fault-finding techniques, also the correct procedures for assembly/disassembly of the ROV. This training empowers the end user to carry out the correct maintenance techniques.
EPE will continue to provide this training for DMO, which will increase serviceability and availability across the TALON ROV Fleet.
EPE is proud to announce we have received certification as operating an AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 certified Quality Management System for the provision of Counter IED,EOD, and Force Protection Solutions including Equipment, Design, Training and Consultancy Services.
The certification is formal recognition of EPE’s commitment to focusing on our customer, and consistent and continuous improvement of our processes.
EPE Equipmentmanagement is committed to:
Identifying and meeting the needs of our customers
Ensuring product quality through extensive quality assurance checking
On-going staff training and development
Operating and continually improving our Quality Management System.
This process included an extensive evaluation, setting measureable objectives and incorporating corrective and preventative actions and methods of monitoring customer satisfaction. All members of staff have been trained on the new or updated procedures and key staff are part of the review and improvements steps. Finally, an extensive audit was carried out to enable our certification. To maintain our certification, we will undergo audits to ensure compliance and to assess initiatives for continued improvement.
Warwick Penrose, Managing Director of EPE explains ‘We believe that our decision to seek ISO 9001 Certification supports our commitment to providing dependable service and expertise to our customers to always deliver our brand promise Trusted to Protect.’
Be prepared for worst-case scenarios with the Commando Stretch Garment. This undergarment’s stretch fabric and unique five-piece design offers exceptional mobility and comfort in demanding situations. Its versatile design easily integrates with many types of outer garments for use in applications ranging from explosive ordnance disposal to dignitary protection. The Commando Stretch Garment is certified to meet NFPA 1994, Class 3 current edition standards for “warm zone” operations.
Garment designed with GORE® CHEMPAK® Selectively Permeable Fabric
GORE® G9492 gloves with GORE® CHEMPAK® Ultra Barrier Fabric
Sleek, lightweight, breathable design can be comfortably worn under many different types of outer garments
Breathable comfort for longer duration responses
NFPA 1994, Class 3 current edition protection against chem-bio and domestic terrorism agents
Its versatile design enables the undergarment to be easily integrated with other equipment in a variety of ensembles for CBRN response missions such as:
Tactical force protection operations
Covert CBRN identification and detection
Counter-terrorism at public events
EOD/ CIED Operations
Technical search and rescue
EPE has just received a demonstration Commando suit here in Australia. Contact Chris Panteli on for a trial.
The Police Bomb Squad safely conducted more controlled blasts yesterday to dispose of explosive materials from a house in Ipswich.
An explosives-laden Ipswich house, where police have conducted 18 controlled detonations in the past six days, is expected to be returned to the landlord today.
The house will be returned to Rick Hyde as police revealed one of his former tenants, 43-year-old Glen Charles Dell, has been charged with making the golf ball bomb that maimed a teenager in a Leichardt park in May.
Teenager Michael Boggan lost four fingers on his left hand and one finger on his right when he picked up the bomb he found in a park west of Brisbane.
Mr Dell has also been charged over the explosion last Thursday night that alerted police to the chemical stockpile, as well as making a homemade bomb found at an Ipswich Bunnings construction site in May.
Images show bomb squad officer wearing EOD9 Bomb Suit placing explosive material in the yard of a Clay St home, which was then detonated remotely by Police.
EPE is very proud of our Partnerships with US companies who are investing in research and development to continuously improve the equipment and technologies available to protect those men and women who work in volatile environments while performing their duties in Law Enforcement, Peace Keeping, War Zones and Emergency Response.
Name change is a reflection of the expansion of the solutions we offer.
Explosive Protective Equipment announces that we are refining our name to EPE to more accurately reflect our business strategy and diversification in the marketplace. It’s also the name we are commonly referred to by many of our existing customers and partners. We are excited to announce our new name to our customers and our global industry partners. The name change reflects our expansion beyond ‘explosive’ and ‘equipment’, while maintaining ‘EPE’ reinforces our commitment to build on 25 years of trusted supply to Australian Defence, Law Enforcement Agencies and other government organisations.
Over the last 3 years EPE has developed a strong reputation for providing ‘more than equipment’, delivering training, specialist staff support and equipment maintenance. An insight is articulated in a formal letter from the Australian Army following the completion of a 12 month training contract in 2012 ‘…I am writing to highlight the excellent performance and support that EPE has provided to The Australian Defence Force since June 2011. The operational requirements for Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) operators in Afghanistan were both technically challenging and required EPE to deliver under the most demanding timelines. Their support to ADF operations was first rate and has undoubtedly saved lives. The project was completed in time, to budget and, in terms of deliverables, exceeded expectations.’
During this same period EPE has expanded beyond ‘Explosive’. We have developed from our core focus on Counter IED, EOD and Personal Protective Equipment, to establish strong momentum supporting broader Force Protection, ECM, CBRN Response, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Blue Force Tracking and Rapidly Deployable Shelter Systems capabilities.
We wish to advise that our name refinement is for branding purposes only. Our registered company name remains Zangold Pty Ltd trading as Explosive Protective Equipment. There will be no effect on Standing Offers with the Australian Government, contractual arrangements, import regulations etc. EPE’s company ownership, products, and services remain the same. All of your internal contacts within EPE also remain the same. The only change is to the branding of materials, which our customers see.
Last week the EPE product, Scimitar was launched in the UK by our Distribution Partner, Providence CTS at the Counter Terror Expo in London.
Born from an urgent operational requirement expressed by the Australian Defence Force in 2011 to improve bomb disposal operations in Afghanistan, EPE’s Scimitar is an information collection and fusion tool, which enhances tactical level situational awareness, mission and training analysis, and intelligence gathering.
EPE has partnered with Providence Counter Threat Solutions to represent Scimitar in the UK and European markets. While Scimitar started with military bomb disposal operations, its utility extends into law enforcement, emergency services, mining and many corporate applications where information is gathered from different sensors and sources. Until the arrival of Scimitar, tactical-level operators had to rely on several different means to manage task information. Scimitar exploits advances in technology to better capture, store, manipulate, fuse and disseminate multi-source information, including the live-streaming of data. It allows you to create an electronic record of a particular operational mission or event, or training scenario by overlaying sensor data streams inputted into the system. Data including geospatial, video or still imagery, audio, biometrics, dosimetry or any other data can be streamed onto an operational timeline for ease of current and future reference.
The Expo in London was visited by over 10,000 people and Scimitar received interest from UK MoD, UK Police, and first responder groups from Turkey, Netherlands, Bahrain, Slovakia, Hungary and Pakistan. Providence CTS were awarded a certificate as a finalist for CT Expo Excellence Awards for C-IED innovation at the Expo.
EPE is honoured to have been able to help this cause by partnering with Allen Vanguard in the donation of demining ensembles and equipment to improve protection for those performing this important and dangerous work.
Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) are a major problem in South East Asia, posing threat to human life and hindering development in affected areas. This documentary looks at how Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) are affecting Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, and highlights the efforts being made by local and international Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s) operating in this region, to assist dealing with the problem. Officially uploaded on April 4 – ‘International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action’. Stay tuned for the full length documentary to follow.
EPE staff last week attended Global Security Asia (GSA) 2013 in Singapore. GSA is the premier event focused on Counter Terrorism, Internal State Security, Civil Defence and Law Enforcement in the Asia Pacific region. The focus for EPEs attendance at GSA was to meet with Overseas Equipment Manufacturers who we have had very close partnerships with over the last fifteen years. It was a great opportunity to meet with our partners for updates on new technologies and product advancements.
The Australian Army’s Explosive Detection Dog capability received a big boost in 2012, courtesy of a successful 12-month K9 training contract delivered by EPE at the School of Military Engineering. Army now has 17 new Explosive Detection Dogs and two new Explosive Detection Dog Trainers.
The EPE team comprised six staff with over 100 years of K9 training and operational experience between them. Four of the staff were highly experienced, former Australian Army Explosive Detection Dog trainers. The other two team members joined us from the UK – one member was a former lead K9 trainer from Surrey Police in the UK, and the other member was a former British Forces’ lead K9 capability manager.
The first six months focused on the training of 20 dogs in accordance with the Australian Army’s off-lead Explosive Detection Dog competency requirements. The breadth of training included building search, area search, route search, and vehicle search. 11 of the 20 dogs were successfully certified. Most of the unsuccessful dogs were removed during the early stages of training.
The second six months required the EPE team to re-team the 11 certified dogs with their new Army handlers, as well as leading the delivery of the annual Explosive Detection Dog Supervisor’s Course. This course produced another six Explosive Detection Dogs, bringing the overall total to 17 new dogs. Many of these Explosive Detection Dogs will serve in Afghanistan.
In addition to training, EPE also provided the Australian Army with new portable K9 kennels and specifically designed K9 handler kits.
EPE is proud to have been an integral part of the Australian Army’s effort to reinforce its Explosive Detection Dog capability – a capability which continues to prove its effectiveness and importance, detecting lethal Improvised Explosive Devices in Afghanistan.
2 Cameras / 1 Unit / Dual Views. Deploy the UDC Pro under a door or around a corner to see obstacles before entry. The 2-camera system provides forward and upward camera views, allowing operators to covertly inspect both the interior of a room and the interior side of the door. Switch between views on the wireless PRO Monitors.
PRO Monitors: wirelessly toggle camera views. Designed exclusively for dual view cameras, the PRO Monitors allow wireless toggling between the forward and upward camera angles of the UDC Pro.
Telescoping Deployment Pole. Quickly deploy the telescoping pole with the UDC Pro to gain reach and remain behind a position of cover. The telescoping pole can also be retrofitted for the earlier Under Door Camera UDC4 version.
EPE has once again been named in the Top 20 Australia/NZ owned SME Defence Suppliers List published by Australian Defence Magazine (ADM). EPE is proud to support the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces through the provision of leading edge equipment, maintenance and training. For the last ten years EPE has been at the forefront of providing EOD, CIED and Force Protection ECM capability to the Australian Defence Force. We have a long track record of successfully supporting battle-proven technologies that deliver comprehensive and sustainable capability against evolving threats, as well as delivering Rapid Acquisition projects to Defence.
EPE Maintenance Manager Dean Dickson, and Maintenance Engineer, Dayne Hawkes, have successfully completed advanced training in the field of Radiation Safety. The training was provided by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation(ANSTO), the premier training provider of radiation training in the Oceania region.
The training was conducted at ANSTO’s Open Pool Australian Lightwater Reactor Facility (OPAL) in Lucas Heights, Sydney. This is home to the only active nuclear reactor in in the Oceania region. Here they compounded their skill sets in numerous disciplines, including: Radiation Safety Theory, Radiation Working Practices and Methods to deal with Radiation Emergencies. These skills will add to the extensive knowledge our maintenance team already have in Non Destructive Testing and Industrial Radiography, in order to provide a world class maintenance service to our customers.
HAL Tactical: What is it?
The HAL Tactical Kit is a lightweight man-portable Hook and Line kit that is based on Modular Equipment Packs (MEPs) to support operations where a full sized Hook and Line kit is not an option. The HAL Tactical is designed for during Tactical, SWAT, Route Clearance, IEDD and other missions involving explosive threats.
The Core System is based on a Leg Pouch mounted to the thigh and contains 3 Modular Equipment Packs: Line; Basic Clamps & Manipulators; and, an Anchor. Users can then enhance this with up to 8 Specialty MEPs: Advanced Clamp; Visibility; Basic Reach; Guidance; Multi-tool; Demining; Grappling Hook; and Bi-pod & Extended Reach. This allows users to customize their Kit at time of order and then select the exact Modular Equipment Packs that are most relevant to their operational needs for a given mission. All of the components have been designed to minimize size and weight but still provide excellent functional capabilities.
EPE currently has the first Demo Kit in Australia to demonstrate to end users in January and February of 2013.
We are very excited by the positive comments from end users from the US, Canada and Australia who have seen prototypes of the Kits. The quality and capabilities of the HAL Tactical make it very competitive.
Today the Theme at the EPE Booth covers Training; Threat Analysis/ Portal; K9 Training and Equipment; and ECM. Our team will be demonstrating the NEW Scimitar Tactical Mission and Training Analysis Tool.
Also on display:
Scorpion Man Portable ECM
Equniox Vehicle Mounted ECM
Complete K9 Capability including dogs, K9 and Handler Training, K9 Protection and Equipment.
The Summer Ball will be a very special event with many troops arriving home from deployment. EPE has worked closely with 2CER over the past 18 months with OHR, BiP and EDD Training, and is happy to support the Regiment through sponsorship of the Summer Ball. We wish you all a great night.
Explosive Protective Equipment (EPE) announces that Counter Terrorism Solutions (CTS) has been merged into Explosive Protective Equipment. Both companies are owned by Warwick Penrose, and all business previously conducted by CTS will now be conducted by EPE. The same team will continue to provide the same high level of service and expert product knowledge on the CTS products – the RAZOR III, RAZOR EX, Film Array and RSDL. The CBRN Product Line Manager is Chris Panteli, who can be contacted on 0411 598 338.
Further, we take this opportunity to advise you that Idaho Technology has changed it’s name to BioFire Diagnostics Inc. BioFire develops innovative solutions for BioSurveillance and molecular diagnostics. EPE remains the Australian distributor for BioFire delivering the leading edge technologies including RAZOR EX and Film Array into the Australian first responder community.
Dr Aris Makris joins EPE at LWC this week. Aris is Vice President of Research and Development from Allen-Vanguard. Aris specialises in explosions and protection against blast effects. He has led numerous programs geared towards design and development of advanced personal protective systems to protect against IEDs, including the EOD 7B, 8 & 9 generation bomb suits, as well as, blast mitigation seats for mitigating injuries to military vehicle occupants subjected to IEDs. Aris and his team at Allen Vanguard have developed a number of person borne blast sensors to assist in quantifying individual blast exposure under diverse operational circumstances and guide improvements in design, medical understanding and optimization of SOPs . Dr. Makris has been an active member of several equipment performance standards, including the NIJ Bomb Suit standard, NATO and UN working groups.
Aris is presenting a paper at LWC on Person Borne Blast Dosimeters.
Visit us at LWC in Melbourne 30 October to 2 November. All the EPE team will be there and we look forward to catching up. EPE is at Area 27. This year we’ll have a range of new capabilities on display. Areas of focus include: Lightweight EOD Solutions – including the new Med-Eng TAC6, HAL Tactical, Lightweight Disruptors, latest in UGVs Tactical and ISR – featuring the latest technologies from Tactical Electronics including UAV, tactical camers. Plus new technology in Situational Command and Control. CBRN and Deployable Shelter Systems – Biodetection, Decon Shelter Systems. Canine – our complete canine offering for Law Enforcement and Military Working Dogs
Warwick Penrose, Director and Dean Dickson, Tactical and ISR Manager have just spent a week in the US finalising the Teaming arrangement with our Strategic partner for this market – ‘ Tactical Electronics’ (TE). TE has a long history with the US DOD, particularly the Special Forces Community, and other Federal and State Law Enforcement Agencies providing niche EOD and Tactical solutions . TE will utilise their relationships and existing contracts with these clients to assist with launching Scimitar Tactical into the US market. Warwick and Dean spent time in the US further developing the channel partner relationship, finalising integration of the platform with TE sensors, understanding US end user requirements, and training their key staff on the Scimitar Tactical Platform.
Scimitar Tactical has been developed by EPE in response to a capability gap identified by ADF. Scimitar Tactical is employed to capture, store, manipulate and fuse multi-source information, to provide users with a detailed, multiple-view record of events, allowing complex operational and training analysis, as well as for evidentiary collection. It provides a unique capability to seamlessly integrate multiple sensors into a readable timeline of events. Following delivery of the earlier version to ADF, EPE have further developed the product, which is now ready to launch into the US market.
EPE represents the full range of the TE capability into the Australian and New Zealand Market. Their capability fits very well into the solutions that EPE provides. They lead the market in what they do in their development and supply of innovative equipment and training solutions, which is something readily transferrable to our Australian Military and Law Enforcement counterparts.
EPE will be launching Scimitar Tactical to the US market at Modern Day Marine Conference to be held at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia from September 25 to 27 2012. EPE is a member of the Team Defence Australia contingent exhibiting at Modern Day Marine.
Great photos of Colin Walker, previously OIC of the Surry Police Dog Training School in UK. Colin is now in Australia and works for EPE as an Instructor for a Contract providing support to the Army Explosive Detection Dog capability. Photos show a Bite Dog ‘playing’ with Colin.
Broken Arrow Company Helps Investigators In Colorado Massacre
Jul 23, 2012 in New and Notable
BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma – Oklahoma’s Own gave a helping hand in the aftermath of the Colorado movie theater Massacre.
After a gunman opened fire in the theater, shooting 71 and killing 12, law enforcement began working overtime.
Investigators used bomb-searching equipment from a Broken Arrow company to help look through the suspect’s booby trapped apartment.
The company specializes in making products for the military and law enforcement to use during risky situations.
It’s the image that’s been captured this weekend — bomb squads trying to gain access into the Colorado shooting suspect’s booby-trapped apartment.
Investigators were seen holding a pole through the suspected gunman’s window. At the end, there’s a camera that can check out what’s going on inside.”
“It’s the eyes of the operator, and it allows them to gain an advantage to look into an area without exposing themselves,” Tactical Electronics Training Support Manager Heath Arning said.
Tactical Electronics sells things like the Long Pole Search System used in Colorado, as well as unmanned helicopters equipped with cameras.
After the Colorado footage hit airways, Heath Arning said an employee notified him that their equipment was being used in the high-profile case.
“We’re proud that our products are helping those guys do their job and try to do it safely despite how tragic this was,” Arning said. “We’re happy that our products can help them do their job.”
In this case, the cameras were able to show a trip wire at the suspect’s door, which was designed to trigger an explosion.
As a retired SWAT team member, Arning says proper equipment could be the difference between life and death.
“The ability to do these types of operations with less risk to yourself, because our first mission was to complete the mission at hand and secondly, we’re going to go home at the end of the shift,” Arning said.
Tactical Electronics sells products and provides training to law enforcement agencies across the globe.
The police department in Colorado already had purchased that pole camera before the shooting happened.
See the Full Story Here: http://www.newson6.com/story/19085366/broken-arrow-company-helps-colorado-massacre-investigators
New Capabilities for EOD9 Bomb Disposal Helmet generated excellent customer comments at Eurosatory.
In Paris, Allen-Vanguard introduced new capabilities to its bomb disposal helmet to deliver enhanced operability and exploit tablet-based technology. Read the Official Media Release here.
TRACE International Inc. (TRACE) has successfully completed a TRACE Standard due diligence review of Zangold Pty Ltd trading as Explosive Protective Equipment. TRACE has granted Zangold Pty Ltd a certificate of membership signifying the company’s commitment to transparency in international commercial transactions.
TRACE is a non-profit membership association that pools resources to provide practical and cost-effective anti-bribery compliance solutions for multinational companies and their commercial intermediaries (sales agents and representatives, consultants, distributors, suppliers, etc.). TRACE provides several core services and products, including: due diligence reports on commercial intermediaries; model compliance policies; an online Resource Center with foreign local law summaries, including guidelines on gifts and hospitality; in-person and online anti-bribery training; and research on corporate best practices. For multinational companies, TRACE provides a practical alternative to increasingly expensive and time-consuming corporate compliance. For commercial intermediaries, TRACE creates a bridge between them and companies doing business internationally. For more information about TRACE, please visit www.TRACEinternational.org.
This week there were 2 bomb incidents in Australia calling in the State Police Bomb Sqauds. Both incidents required wearing the EOD9 bomb suit.
In Everton Park, Brisbane the Queensland Police Explosive Ordnance Response Team were called when a suspicious package sparked fears of an explosion. It has been reported that the package was an old ammunition canister that contained a small amount of commercial grade explosive, which was found inside a backyard shed. One of EORTs Bomb Techs inspected the canister wearing the EOD9 suit.
In Melbourne this week, detectives have charged a 31-year-old man following the alleged discovery of explosives at Harbour Esplanade, Docklands. Images from Docklands show a bomb tech from Victoria Police Bomb Response Unit wearing an EOD9 suit and using an ROV to remove the explosives from a vehicle.
Explosive Protective Equipment (EPE) was approached by WA Police Bomb Response Unit (WAPOL BRU) in 2011 with a request to source equipment to support their donation to Cambodian Self Help Deminers (CSHD).