Operators logbook
October 22, 2017 Ben Remfrey News

IMAS EOD Operators Log Book Pack – PCM ‘Connect’

For some time, the question of introducing EOD Operators Logbooks has been a much-discussed topic – PCM have taken the bold step of now launching and introducing the IMAS EOD Operators Logbook Pack.

Well we are delighted to say that the IMAS EOD Operators ‘Logbook Packs’ are now available. The Logbook Pack includes

  1. IMAS EOD Operators Logbook
  2. EOD Operators Notebook
  3. IMAS EOD Qualification Card.

The packs are available to those who have IMAS EOD Certification and proof of qualification.

The Logbook Pack entitles those who order and be accepted to be entered onto the ‘PCM Connect’ ‘members’ database.

Being a ‘member’ has benefits in obtaining work and being tracked so that PCM Connect can find employment placements for those ‘members’. The price of the Logbook Pack also includes 12-months membership of ‘PCM Connect’.

Those who wish to acquire the Logbook Pack should inquire by email and attach CV and copies of their Certification. Price of the ‘Pack’ – on Application.

Inquiry emails should be sent to: info@pcm-erw.com

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IMAS LEVEL3+
October 10, 2017 Ben Remfrey News

Series of Short Training Films – MAT Kosovo IMAS EOD Courses

MAT Kosovo’s EOD & ERW Training Establishment has released a series of short 4-to-5-minute films on each of our ‘core’ IMAS EOD Level Training Courses. The work was done by our ‘in house’ creative manager Santiago ‘Yago’ Berengal, who is also a qualified EOD Operator, so has an eye for the technical aspects of the short films to ensure those who wish to view and attend future courses with us have a better understanding of what the courses entail. The films are in sequence of IMAS Levels.

IMAS Series

Field Operator/ IMAS EOD L1&2 Course:

IMAS EOD L3 Course:

IMAS EOD L3+ Course:

Specialist Series

HIEDC Course: Coming soon

ERW Risk Management Course: Coming soon

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Plaque
September 25, 2017 Ben Remfrey News

Bomb Disposal Plaque Event – Valetta, Malta

PCM was delighted to have been asked to be the major sponsor for an event to mark the dedicated work of the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Sections who worked in Malta in World War Two. Until the Vietnam war Malta was the most heavily bombed place on earth. Ben Remfrey MBE, Managing Director of PCM and MAT Kosovo’s EOD & ERW Training Establishment made a speech along with the events founder and inspiration Susan Hudson, and the PM of Malta.

Bens Speech

The plaque to commemorate the work of these exceptional men was unveiled by the Prime Minister of Malta Dr Joseph Muscat, with dignitaries from the British High Commission, the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Officers Club and the Malta George Cross Association. The plaque now adorns a wall at the beautiful Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valetta as a testament to the men and their work and the exceptional work in recent years by the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) who to this day remain on call to deal with ordnance from WW2.

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September 16, 2017 Ben Remfrey News

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Course – Peja, Kosovo

PCM & Resource Group from the UK recently ran a 5-day Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) flight school. This flight school was to CAA standards and licensing and involved 8 students from around the globe, who wished to use UAS in their operational work after training and licensing. The flight school was over 3 intensive days with 2 extra days flight training and looking at the use of UAS in Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and specifically in relation to IED threat mitigation and planning. Industry professionals were also involved from K9 to database systems and there were a number of presenters invited to test their flight systems and demonstrate their findings to the course participants.

In 2018 we will be running at least two 5-day ‘UAS in HMA’ courses at the MAT Kosovo EOD & ERW Training Establishment. For more information on dates please review our Training 2018 Course Schedule.

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August 12, 2017 Ben Remfrey News

Research & Development (R&D), Test & Evaluation (T&E)

PCM & MAT Kosovo’s EOD & ERW Training Establishment have, due to demand, begun to facilitate, support and advise on several exciting and innovative R&D and T&E projects on behalf of clients. Our position as the premier IMAS EOD Training Establishment means we have any number of requests to trial new equipment from manufacturers of electronic search equipment, for example. Additionally, and increasingly there is research into improving traditional means of disposing of ordnance, particularly by Low Order techniques. Recent R&D and T&E includes;

In the last few months, we have worked with a client to achieve a higher and therefore more acceptable rate of Low Order compared to High Order, on ‘as new’ live fused ammunition natures. This is by the improvement of the composition of the liners to better regulate heat and breakup of the Explosive Formed Projectile (EFP) as it penetrates the ordnance, creating burning or deflagration opposed to detonation.

Furthermore, in 2017 we have enabled a client to develop a small single item disposal pyrotechnic torch, which can dispose of plastic or thin metal cased ordnance, from AP & AT(V) mines to PG’s and other thin metal cased ordnance.

Going forward we are working with a client to develop a drone placed disruptor for C-IEDD, where the means of disposal is a flare placed by a UAS of under 7KG enabling remote controlled disposal.

We are also pleased to report that we are supporting a US University with variants of non-explosive alternatives to traditional explosive action EOD weapons, such as the Rocket Wrench and the De-armer.

If you’re interested in R&D and T&E please contact us and we can provide you with details on how to work with us to develop your system. info@pcm-erw.com

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February 4, 2017 PCM News

International Mine Action Standards – Conversion Course (IMAS-CC)

The MAT Kosovo EOD & ERW Training Establishment recognises that there is a need to assist those working in the HMA & Commercial Mine Action and EOD industry, and those leaving Military EOD units to either formalise or convert their prior experience or qualifications into an IMAS complaint certification. This would be IMAS EOD Level 3 at a minimum.

To achieve this; we have developed what we term the IMAS Conversion Course (IMAS-CC) which is conducted over an intensive 7-day period.

Who are eligible to attend?

  1. Those working in the Industry currently without IMAS compliant certifications may attend if they can prove that they have the relevant experience and knowledge through time served and projects employed within. Applicants must be able to demonstrate through their CV and reference to their experience and knowledge base, which will be assessed before admission.
  2. Those who are preparing for discharge or have recently left their country’s military with recognised EOD qualifications, who wish to have these converted to IMAS certification. Applicants must be able to provide copies of their Military certification and can demonstrate their experience.

The course is run at the MK EOD & ERW Training Establishment in Peja, Kosovo. The course features theoretical and practical learning and exercises, incorporating an extensive live range day with a high NEQ for the disposal of live items of LSA, ATGM’s & ADW, depending on availability.

The course fee includes all food, accommodation and training for the duration of the course, plus airport transfers to and from Pristina airport in Kosovo. For those requiring it there is a small fee to cover insurance for the range day.

For more information:

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October 28, 2016 PCM News

MAT Kosovo Mobile Training Team Deploys to Syria

MAT Kosovo has been contracted to send a training team into northern Syria to commence IMAS compliant training to a client’s evolving capability. This national capability, once trained, will then be tasked to start the process of dealing with the ordnance left behind in areas cleared of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ group. It is anticipated that, once this first batch is trained that more of the client’s staff will be trained in numerous locations throughout the northern Syria region. A tough task but again MAT Kosovo is the leading training provider in the EOD & De-mining field, which includes C-IED & Search training.

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October 17, 2016 PCM News

Ollie Bartsch and Ebinger Germany – MAT Kosovo Training Team – Train the Trainer – Ebinger Electronic Search Equipment

We were delighted to host our friend Mr Oliver Bartsch of Ebinger at the MAT Kosovo EOD & ERW Training Establishment for the week of 17th October 2016. Ollie undertook demonstrations for the students on the IMAS EOD L3 course, but the main purpose of his visit was to train MAT Kosovo Instructors to ‘Train the Trainer’ standard and certification on the myriad of Ebinger detection systems. Particular and specifically the in-depth training provided by Ollie was to enhance and certify the MAT Kosovo Syria Training team, who have now deployed to Syria on a training project for a client, where the Ebinger equipment is being supplied for use by the client’s personnel. The training was hugely rewarding, and additional Ebinger equipment was gifted to the MAT Kosovo arsenal of electronic search equipment. Thanks again to Mr Ebinger, Ollie and the excellent Ebinger team who have gone the extra mile, as usual!

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October 8, 2016 PCM News

FO/ EOD L2 & IMAS EOD L3 Courses Completed

September saw the scheduled FO/ EOD L2 Course well attended and after some hard yards the students found their feet and did very well to graduate with flying colours. Many of whom then went straight into the IMAS EOD L3 Course with some additional course members adding to their number, forming what can only be described as a well-balanced and formidable group. The IMAS EOD L3 Course finished with an exercise in Montenegro, and live ranges where the students dealt with live ordnance in the use of high and low order techniques. Another successful group graduated with excellent results.

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August 16, 2016 PCM News

POLIEX Montenegro

The POLIEX team from Montenegro made a visit to MAT Kosovo’s EOD & ERW Training Establishment in August 2016. The purpose of the visit was to further strengthen future collaboration on training courses and facilities available close to Berane in Montenegro, a 2 hour drive from the MK TC in Peja. Furthermore, POLIEX products will be available to all students attending IMAS EOD courses.

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