From Jared Davidson, NZFBI Council Member
NZFBI held a Field Day in Christchurch on 24 June showcasing the NZ Army’s E Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit.
E Squadron’s role is to securely and safely dispose of conventional and improvised explosive hazards and commercial munitions and explosives in support of the NZ Police and NZDF, both domestically and when deployed on operations.
The morning started off with a theory brief from one of the team on the specific tasks E Squadron undertake. Learning outcomes were:
- Overview of the domestic role and the overseas operational role>
- EOD capabilities – Common Munitions Disposal, Improvised Explosive Device Disposal, Chemical Biological Radiological Explosive
- Civilian Ammunition Inspector, Special Forces Operations
- Awareness of how EOD (E Sqn) can support Fire and Emergency NZ outputs at HAZMAT incidents.
This was followed by a static display and explanations of the various equipment and its capability.
"I found the NZFBI Field Day at Wigram Airbase remarkable. To watch the specialised equipment in use was amazing and the information we learnt was invaluable. Although I hope to never be attending a job where this equipment is used, I am impressed with the professionalism of the E Squadron and have confidence in their abilities. Many thanks to the organisers of the day." Kerri Pring, Kirwee Volunteer Fire Brigade
There were nineteen participants at the Field Day and the feedback received was positive. Most people were unaware that this type of capability existed and that E Squadron could offer so much in terms of diagnostic detection and decontamination.
All that attended saw a real benefit from being able to request assistance for E Squadron at scenarios such as white powder incidents, suspicous packages and other such similar scenarios.
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