National Center for Explosives Training and Research

National Center for Explosives Training and Research complex

The National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR) is a world class facility that consolidates the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) core explosives and fire programs. Located on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, NCETR provides outstanding training facilities and staff in the delivery of life-saving explosives and arson training.

Incident Response

Operationally, NCETR oversees the following specialty programs:

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Canine Handlers

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Criminal Profilers

Certified Explosives Specialist
Explosives Specialists

Certified Fire Investigator
Fire Investigators

National Response Team members
National Response Team

Training and Research

In addition to internal training for special agents in incident response, NCETR collaborates with local police and fire departments, prosecutors, military organizations and other law enforcement agencies to combat violent crime. Click on your category of training to find out how your department may participate.



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Explosives Research
and Development

Explosives research lab

Interagency Collaboration

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As part of NCETR’s commitment to provide innovative and advanced training, NCETR has interagency agreements with federal law enforcement agencies, military partners and organizations such as the National Fire Academy. These agreements fund training at NCETR and locations around the world for programs such as Electrical Aspects of Fire Investigation, Fire Investigation Essentials, Homemade Explosives, Post Blast and Raven’s Challenge.


Informational Videos and Links

ATF Certified Fire Investigator Course 

ATF K-9 Training (NORT) 

ATF National Response Team

Twitter: @ATF_NCETR

Contact Us:

Contact for any questions you have regarding NCETR.

Last Reviewed April 9, 2024