Land mine clearance

PUBLISHED: 13:35 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 31 May 2010

Lt Adam Rollinson carefully probes round a live device  Picture: SUBMITTED

Lt Adam Rollinson carefully probes round a live device Picture: SUBMITTED

SOLDIERS from Carver Barracks are clearing landmines for British troops throughout the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Thirty-two servicemen from the 33 Engineer Regiment have been putting their lives on the line as part of a group of 61 personnel based

SOLDIERS from Carver Barracks are clearing landmines for British troops throughout the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

Thirty-two servicemen from the 33 Engineer Regiment have been putting their lives on the line as part of a group of 61 personnel based at Camp Bastion in the southwest of the war-torn country.

Often flying into areas of the province by helicopter, the troops work to detect, identify and make safe munitions such as land mines to support allied infantry fighting the Taliban.

Lt Adam Rollinson, one of the soldiers from Carver Barracks, said: "We have well-rehearsed drills and procedures that keep us safe.

"To the untrained eye a mine may seem an extremely dangerous item, but it actually requires human influence to make it function - it's not going to detonate by itself.

"If I can identify the type of mine, it is possible to render it safe. We are a very busy unit."

Soldiers from the regiment also offer training to troops arriving in the Helmand Province, informing them of the munitions they may come across and how to identify situations where they are most vulnerable to attack.

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