Quảng Bình Mine Action Program
In 2020, together with Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and Norwegian’s People’s Aid (NPA), PeaceTrees formed a consortium to deploy high quality survey and clearance operations in Quảng Bình. Funded by The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, this project aims to address the explosive ordnance (EO) probelm in Quảng Bình and to support effective mine action coordination and information management systems. PeaceTrees' Quảng Bình mine action program consists of 60 members including 2 Multi-task Teams (MTT), 2 Battle Area Clearance (BAC) teams, 1 Clearance Supporting Teams (CST), 1 Field Operation Assistant Team (FOA) and 1 Project Office Team.
Quảng Bình Project Team
The Project Office Team is in charge of all administration, finance, logistics, field operation management, and technical support for the project.
Multi-Task Teams (MTT) consist of eight members, including one Team Leader, one Deputy Team Leader, three Technicians, one Medic, and two Drivers/Technicians. These teams are responsible for responding to EOD spot tasks whenever an EO has been reported through the provincial EO hotline, or identified by NPA's survey teams. The teams are also responsible for conducting clearance for community development and social welfare projects at the request of local authorities. Additionally, MTT provide clearance for Confirmed Hazardous Areas (CHA) confirmed by NPA. The teams integrate Explosive Ordnance Risk Education for local communities throughout each of these activities.
Clearance Support Teams
Clearance Support Teams (CST) consist of five members, one of which is the Team Leader and Driver. These teams are responsible for clearing vegetation in preparation for the BAC teams to efficiently conduct EO clearance. Clearance Support Teams also support BAC teams in clearance activities, and assist the EOD teams in the disposal and demolition of large bombs, especially in areas that are difficult to access due to rough terrain.
Battle Area Clearance Teams
Battle Area Clearance (BAC) teams consist of up to 14 members, including one Team Leader, one Deputy Team Leader, one Medic, eight or nine Technicians, one Driver/ Technician, and one Ambulance Driver. BAC teams are responsible for conducting clearance at Confirmed Hazardous Areas (CHA) and at Socio-Economic Development sites at the request of local authorities.
Field Operation Assistant Team
The Field Operation Assistant Team (FOAT) consist of 2 members. Their tasks include performance of pre-clearance site assessments for developing the operational maps of clearance sites, visits to completed clearance sites for impact assessments, visits to households for integrated explosive ordnance risk education (EORE). They are also responsible for supporting the organization of EORE events at schools at EO-contaminated communes and introducing the organization's efforts in minimizing the EO accidents for local people to make contributions to socio-economic development in the province of Quang Binh.