EPE Director, Warwick Penrose and CBRN/EOD Specialist, Chris Panteli travelled today to the US to attend the IABTI (International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators) International Training Conference in Texas. While in the US they will also meet with a number of our US based Equipment Manufacturers for updates on new equipment developments and new technologies in countering IED and CBRN threats.
The IABTI Conference briefings are from International Experts and will focus on a number of case studies, including the Anders Breivik bombing and shooting in Oslo, Norway, and the Woodburn, Oregon bombing. Seminars will cover the range of specialist disciplines covered by Bomb Technicians and Investigators including: Explosive Charges for IEDD, X-Ray, Tactical Explosive Breaching, Person Borne Blast Measurements in Explosive Breaching and much more.
EPE congratulates Sergeant Jodie Pearson as the current recipient of ACWAP’s (Australian Council of Women and Policing) most prestigious award, the Bev Lawson Memorial. Jodie is a Bomb Technician from Western Australia Police TRG BRU (Tactical Response Group Bomb Response Unit). She is highly regarded across the nation and is recognised as being one of the most senior and proficient Bomb Technicians in Australia. She has had extensive involvement in policing operations around the nation including the Sydney 2000 Olympics and CHOGM. The Bev Lawson Award recognises an outstanding woman in Policing who has been a first in their field or endeavour; made a significant contribution in that field; and encouraged and paved the way for other women to follow. Jodie’s selection to join the Tactical Response Group and train as a Bomb Technician has been ground breaking for women in Australian policing.
Photo shows Jodie wearing one of WAPOL BRU’s new EOD Tactical Suits, which is manufactured by Allen Vanguard and distributed in Australia by EPE. The new lightweight suit offers unprecedented flexibility combined with extensive protection against impact, overpressure and fragmentation. Check out the suit at www.epequip.com. For visual of the modularity of the suit click here.