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.
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.
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.
For more information see the Remnants of War website.
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.
Day 1 at Australian Bomb Data Centre Conference. Today the EPE Exhibit is themed Lightweight Operator System.
Featuring NEW Technology:
- Med-Eng TAC6 Lightweight Bombsuit Ensemble with
- NEW Revision Helmet and HCT3 Helmet Camera
- NEW HAL Tactical – a lightweight modular version of the trusted HAL Hook & Line System
- NEW Blast Tracker – Blast exposure recording device
- Armadillo 3.5 Micro Unmanned Ground Vehicle
- Complete tactical capabiity of Tactical Electronics suite of cameras
- ScanXScout XRay System
Monday 5th November 2012
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
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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.
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.
As part of our ongoing project to provide specialist training support to the ADF—EPE has established an Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) Training Facility at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney.
EPE has established an office in New Zealand to provide more focused and responsive service and support to New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and New Zealand Police.
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).