BATUK complete UXO awareness training

BATUK UXO Training
Some of the 3.5k children who have been taught how to identify UXO and what to do if they find any. Photo: Twitter/21FdSqnEOD

Staff Sergeant Wilcock and Sergeant Hill from 21 Field Squadron, the British Army’s specialists in Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search, Part of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (EOD) have completed their unexploded ordnance (UXO) awareness training in Kenya.

Working alongside the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), around 3,500 children have been taught about UXO, and what they should do if they find any.

UXO Controlled Explosion
A member of 21 Forward Squadron(EOD) sets up a controlled demolition of UXO. Photo: Twitter/21FdSqnEOD

At the same time, working alongside the Kenya Defence Force and locally employed civilians, the British Army training ranges have been cleared of un-exploded ordinance to ensure the safety of troops and the local population.

BATUK and KDF
The British and Kenyan troops have been working together on the 2017 range sweep. Photo: Twitter/21FdSqnEOD

The locally employed civilians were thanked for their help and awarded a certificate stating that they had completed the 2017 sweep during which they have been certified to identify unexploded ordnance and recognise any dangerous ammunition.

BATUK and KDF
Locally employed civilians with their sweep completion certificates. Photo: Twitter/21FdSqnEOD

This isn’t the only training which BATUK have been involved in. On Tuesday, they ran a mental health first aid course at their Archer’s Post base.

BATUK Mental Health First Aid Training
The Mental Health First Aid course run by BATUK for World Mental Health Day. Photo: Twitter/BATUKOfficial

Taking place during World Mental Health Day, the session focused on training the community to help those in need.

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