NSPA supports EOD teams in Ukraine

25 October 2016

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency has completed a 12-month project to provide support to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU).

The initial aim of the project funded by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS), which was in response to a Ukrainian request for assistance, was to re-equip the SESU EOD Teams. 

Cooperation across the agency and particularly between the General and Cooperative Services Programme’s Random Brokerage and e-Supply  Sections as well as the Transportation and Warehousing Division allowed for the timely acquisition, consolidation, passage through customs and delivery of 456 items, consisting of modern, specialist EOD and demining equipment, including four replacement team vehicles, to Ukraine.  The last equipment was delivered to Kiev mid- September.

The long-established and experienced SESU EOD Teams are primarily responsible for the continuing clearance of legacy Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) to make conflict-affected areas safe for the civil population.  As part of this, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were encountered for which their legacy work had not prepared them.   In order to address this shortfall, NSPA contracted experts associated with NATO Counter IED assistance programmes to conduct training for the SESU teams to provide them with the basic knowledge necessary to deal with ERW and IED tasks, using their existing skills as an emergency rescue service.