Equipment

A HALO Training Officer introduces new deminers to metal detectors

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 day in day out use from the snows of the Hindu Kush to the steaming jungles of Cambodia.

Where possible we aim for standardization of core equipment, partly to make training and interoperability easier and partly because we work with manufacturers to design equipment to our specifications. HALO relies on key “workhorse” items for the bulk of clearance with specialized equipment used on particular tasks. HALO was 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 program and hence regional headquarters will be equipped with high spec computers and map plotters.

Equipment costs are extensive in the set-up phase of any program. In order to reduce any further costs for replacement, HALO has strict rules governing equipment husbandry and preventative maintenance. All programs have integral vehicle workshops and technicians trained to repair detectors and radios.