Matrix Design Group trains police about explosives safety

The Colorado Springs-based firm Matrix Design Group is providing an Alabama police department with free munitions and explosives safety training.

Matrix Environmental Services LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Matrix Design Group Inc., is training the Oxford, Ala., police department on explosives safety and identification of homemade explosives and improvised explosive devices.

It is part of the firm’s larger commitment to the community, said Nancy Kristof, Matrix communications director. Matrix has a long-term contract for environmental remediation services and unexploded ordnance cleanup at the former Fort McClellan in Anniston, Ala., which closed under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act.

Matrix has been providing munitions and explosives work, including investigation and remediation, since 2004. The awareness training is a typical component on many of the firm’s unexploded ordnance projects, Kristof said. The company has provided similar training at no cost to police in Orlando Fla. This type of training typically costs about $120 to $150 an hour.

“Matrix is committed to providing the highest technical level of expertise when it comes to UXO and environmental cleanup, but we also understand our unique expertise in this area may bring value to local law enforcement agencies,” said Richard Satkin, Matrix vice president for munitions response programs.

Matrix is an interdisciplinary firm specializing in remediation, engineering, planning and consulting to clients across the country. The firm is headquartered in Colorado Springs, with about 40 employees, and has offices in 10 locations including Anniston, where there are 30 employees, including former military explosive ordnance disposal technicians.

Many state and federal agencies use EOD technicians to provide IED and explosives knowledge in support of their mission, Kristof said. The need for EOD support has also grown in recent years due to the increase of threats around the world.