IDNR Explosive Safety, Recognition and Handling Course

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Capacity: 35 - Available: 18
Date: Monday, May 20, 2019
Registration Deadline: Monday, May 13, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Quincy Regional Training Facility
2021 N 18th
Quincy, IL 62301
Instructor: Michael Ballinger, IDNR Blasting Specialist and Antony Lacey, IDNR Blasting Expert
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $0


This 8-hour class will provide law enforcement with an ability to understand and identify different types of explosives.  The class will be administered by IDNR staff (Blasting Specialist/Blasting Expert) who are involved in the regulation of explosives.  Students will be given an opportunity to see and hold inert explosives, ask questions and discuss issues/scenarios with IDNR personnel.  Students will also be provided with resources and contacts of individuals involved with the IDNR’s regulation of explosives.

PURPOSE OF COURSE:  Pursuant to the Illinois Explosives Act (Act) all persons, including State governed law enforcement agencies, who acquire, possess, store, use, transfer, and/or dispose of explosive materials classified as Division 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5 material under 49 CFR 173.50 must possess either a Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals, Explosives and Aggregate Division (Department) issued Individual Explosive License or Explosive Storage Certificate.  The purpose of this one day course (8 hours in duration) is to provide training in the areas of explosive recognition (high and low explosives) and blasting agents as well as emphasize explosives safety in its handling and storage.  Particular time will be spent on identifying the differences between Division 1.3G professional fireworks and Division 1.4G consumer fireworks and how the Department regulates this industry.  At the conclusion of this course, all participants will be offered an opportunity to take the Department’s individual explosives license exam which is required in order to attain the Department’s Individual Explosives License.