British Base staff, units from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Cyprus, successfully conducted a three-day joint explosive ordnance disposal training in Akrotiri to “exchange best practices and strengthen working relationships for future cooperation”.
The training, Hades Bident, was attended by experts from the Fire Department of RAF Akrotiri who worked with the police of KD and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team of the National Guard to deal with possible threats from explosive devices, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs). ) and tube bombs under vehicles.
A large group of BB police and experienced military pyrotechnicians from the United Kingdom also took part in the large-scale training.
Speaking after the joint training, Major Joe Wood, RAF Akrotiri Senior Ammunition Officer, explained why the joint training was so useful to all involved.
'' The primary goal of the exercise was inter-service and joint training. The participation of the Police of the KD and the National Guard in the training was very useful. “This was the first time we understood their skills and shared our work practices,” he said.
The Head of the Fire Brigade of the KD police, Odysseas Papadopoulos, characterized the Hades Bident co-training as very constructive and revealed that he hopes that the three days of training will strengthen the cooperation between all those involved.