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The Toughest Job In The World: How To Tackle IEDs

The US Air Force explosives ordinance disposal team at MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa carries out intensive exercises at least once a month...

The US Air Force explosives ordinance disposal team at MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa carries out intensive exercises at least once a month.

It's a job that doesn’t allow for second chances. One mistake could cost lives instantly.

Under that kind of pressure, it's no surprise that the EOD team in Florida are up at the crack of dawn to start a full day of practical training.

EOD Training

They combine techniques developed by the British forces and what they've learnt from recent conflicts.

As the team work to dismantle the devices they are being assessed by trainers, and their every move is also recorded by the simulated IEDs.

The team started by patrolling along roadsides, before moving on to locating and disarming three devices per team.

US Army EOD Training

After finishing the physical part of the exercise, the troops will move on to a full debrief, and with IEDS the main cause of loss of life for both British and US forces, they’re working towards building the skills to ready them to be the frontline defence against these attacks.

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