Ordnance management capabilities
G4S's mine action operations have a dramatic effect on local communities.
Physical security and stockpile management
We have recognised the increasing importance and need for physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) interventions in many countries. As a result, we have expanded our technical capacity to support such programmes and are presently delivering a national capacity building programme in Francophone Africa. This multi-faceted training programme covers the key disciplines required to manage ammunition facilities and stockpiles effectively and safely, as well as providing key skills associated with area clearance following a disastrous explosive event. From initial assessments to programme design, development and delivery, we provide a range of ammunition management and safety options suited to the specific needs of the client.
Project management and technical consultancy
Our highly experienced advisors carry out UXO/mine threat assessments in potentially hazardous areas. They will then advise clients on the safest, most cost effective and timely clearance solutions to allow work to start as soon as possible.
Site survey and risk assessment
G4S works with mine action organisations and local communities to investigate and implement preliminary site assessments. These surveys are critical in allowing the accurate planning and correct deployment of assets.
Landmine removals, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and bomb disposal
The specific tools chosen to locate and destroy landmines, UXO or stockpiled ammunition will depend upon the terrain, clients’ technical requirements, soil-type and other factors. Any discovered ERW or UXO is dealt with in an appropriate manner, in line with the relevant Mine Action Standards, and with due consideration for the environment.
We also carry out the clearance and decommissioning of former field firing ranges and have extensive experience of ammunition stockpile management, as well as the destruction of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and hand held surface to air missiles (MANPADs) in areas of recent conflict.
Mine Detection Dogs (MDD)
MDDs enable large areas to be surveyed and suspected contaminated areas to be reduced to those which actually contain landmines. MDDs can be used to support manual teams and mechanical equipment, and are very useful for verification of land cleared by machines as part of the QAQC process.
Underwater Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) survey and clearance
Our underwater EOD dive teams are fully trained and have both military and commercial experience. We use a variety of methods including diver searches, remotely operated vehicles, side scan sonar, magnetometers and sub-bottom profiling instruments.
Community relations and socio-economic impact surveys
As part of our programmes, detailed socio-economic impact surveys may be conducted to determine how the mine/UXO threat affects specific areas and communities. These impact surveys are then used to prioritise clearance efforts.
Training, development and education
Our programmes usually include national capacity-building, creating a skills pool which will enable a nation to become self-reliant and, ultimately, manage its own mine action programme.
A key element of our programmes is the provision of mine risk education to clients' staff and local communities in UXO and mine-affected areas. Mine risk education includes recognition of the signs of landmine contamination as well as avoidance and correct reporting of mines and UXO.
Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QAQC)
QAQC of mine action programmes ensure that the methodologies employed conform to International Mine Action Standards and/or country specific standards and guidelines.