With almost 8,000 staff deployed around the world HALO’s demining operations depend on reliable detectors, protective equipment, vehicles and communications.
These can withstand use, day in, day out, from the snows of the Hindu Kush to the steaming jungles of Cambodia.
Where possible we aim for standardisation of core equipment, partly to make training and inter-operability easier and partly because we work with manufacturers to design equipment to our specifications. We rely on key workhorse items for the bulk of clearance with specialised equipment used on particular tasks, and we were the first civilian organization to be granted a licence for the dual sensor HSTAMIDS detector.
Typically a demining team will deploy with one detector and set of protective equipment per deminer, medical support and two vehicles – one for casualty evacuation and one for team transport. Teams will usually carry a mix of HF radios to communicate with the regional headquarters and VHF radios for command and control on site. Data management and accessible mapping are vital parts of any HALO demining programme, and so regional headquarters are equipped with high spec computers and map plotters.
In the set-up phase of any programme equipment costs are extensive. To reduce any ongoing costs we have strict rules governing equipment husbandry and preventative maintenance. All our programmes include integral vehicle workshops and technicians who are trained to repair detectors and radios.