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Cambodia mine action programme completes EOD training course

NPA Mine Action Cambodia completed on Friday a six-week long course in EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) in Kampong Chhnang. 

In addition to physical work consisting of carrying sandbags for protective work and wiring explosives, the training also consisted of identifying different types of ammunition; understanding their functions, and how to treat them in a safe way when working in the fields.

Of the nine students that attended the training, there were four students from the Grenada police force who were offered the training course after the country signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Whilst Grenada has declared itself free of cluster munitions, the course provided the participants with useful EOD competency that gave them knowledge on how to deal with the island’s residual issue – whether dealing with cluster bombs or other explosive remnants of war. Additionally, it expanded their network of EOD experts from whom they can get technical assistance should it be needed.

Two NPA staff from the Senegal mine action programme also attended the training. Although these have extensive experience with mine action, they lack the formal training and have additionally mostly discussed EOD in French, and are now got a chance to also learn it in English.

“The training was very important because here we got to train with real explosives and ammunition” said Abdourahmane and Maibata. “The many days in the demolition range have been invaluable thanks to the high competency level of the instructors. Also the diverse backgrounds of the students gave a lot of knowledge and experience that have been effectively shared.”

Also two Cambodian NPA staff and one Norwegian NPA staff working in Oslo attended the course.

EOD course holder, Jan-Erik Støa, is pleased with the training course and says that the course was a way to constructively share information and experience that can be used between programmes and countries. 

18.11.2013 | Rafaela Stalbalk