MSA Security to open three training facilities in 2019

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MSA Security has expanded rapidly in 2018 and plans to open three more regional training centres in 2019 to keep up with market demand for Explosive Detection Canine Teams.

Four new offices and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) licenced canine training facilities were opened in Hong Kong; San Diego, California; Memphis, Tennessee and Orangeburg, New York.

The more centres will open in 2019, located in Chicago, Cincinnati and Los Angeles to allow canine-handler teams, known as Windsor Teams to perform operational training and annual certifications on high explosives and homemade explosives.

They will be designed to mimic operational environments where cargo searches, vehicle sweeps and bag checks are frequently conducted.

Hong Kong will be the first corporate office outside the US, with CEO Glen Kucera saying: “As our global client base grows, we will continue to meet their needs with the most advanced explosive threat detection, protective services, and security solutions in the industry.

“Our strategic growth plan calls for further expansion into key regional markets in the Asia Pacific region such as Singapore and Japan. These additional offices will enable MSA to provide quality customer service while also addressing the continuing training requirements of our canines, handlers and field operatives.”

The San Diego office included both corporate office space and a canine training centre covering 7,500ft2.

The 12,000ft2 canine training centre in Memphis is strategically located next to the USA’s largest air cargo hub, and the ATF licenced facility enables MSA to conduct sustainment training using real high explosive odours in settings that replicate air cargo environments and meet the TSA Third Party Canine programme requirements.

The Orangeburg training facility is 15 miles outside of Manhattan, allowing all Windsor Teams in the area to undergo quarterly quality assurance testing on real high explosive odours.