Modern challenges have made it necessary for security officers to acquire advance skills and capabilities in order to ensure that security challenges are addressed adequately. In this regard, both the military and police require a well organized Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. Explosives are extremely dangerous objects which must be handled with great care. Therefore, specialized training is required for Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal group operates at the theater or corps level. The group cooperates closely with army forces or joint operation center component commander. When the EOD group receives incident reports from EOD battalion, they quickly organize the information and send it to joint operation center. This process is carried out very fast so that by the time the joint operation center receives the information, the necessary measures are taken and Explosive Enforcement Officers are in the area of operation.
Military chain of command of Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit (EOD)
Chief Commander-is the head of Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and directs all the activities and advice the whole unit on the operation issues
Battalion commander-is the head of battalion unit and delegate and direct all activities as assigned by the chief commander
Explosive Enforcement Commander- is the head of Ordnance Disposal group and he/she leads the explosive operation on the ground
Explosive Enforcement officers carry out the following activities:
- Conduct safe disposal of explosives
- Detect and decontaminate explosives
- Respond to disasters emergencies
- Conduct search and rescue mission
- Conduct evacuation operation
- Clear debris in operation areas
In the above chain of command, the Chief Commander directs the Explosive Ordnance Disposal group and assists them with technical advice on what should be done. This information is then sent to the battalion commander. Similarly the command is sent to the team leader of Explosive Enforcement Officers who then leads Explosive Enforcement Officers in carrying out the operation.
In conclusion, explosives are dangerous substances and pose a great threat to security in a country. Therefore it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that all citizens are safe including Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers.