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TRAINING, SURVEY and QUALITY ASSURANCE DIVISION

TRAINING, SURVEY AND QUALITY ASSURANCE DIVISION (TSQAD)

The TSQAD is ANAMA's division responsible for training the staff based on HQs Training Needs Analyses,  and measuring the level of operations' compliances to the National Mine Action Standards, IMAS, and various Standing Operational Procedures.  

Division's main functions: 

1. Training

  Training missions for national and foreign staff, refresher trainings, new  updates.

2. QA. Monitoring

 Monitoring of operational and logistical services for non-conformity prevention.

3. EQC. External Quality Control

  Inspections. Sampling of cleared fields to find defects and improve quality.

4. Scanning

   To support External Quality Control by using an advanced magnetometers.

5. Trials & Testing

   Trials of the new equipment, and testing of proposed procedures.

6. General surveys

  To conduct general surveys and re-surveys when requested by HQs.

7. Preliminary investigations

   Preliminary investigations of non-conformances, and accidents.


Training Achievements:  2001-2017

Since 2001 till the end of 2017 the division’s Training and Monitoring Team delivered 185 Humanitarian Mine Action related training courses, and trained 1904 trainees. 315 trainees were foreign students.     

Training accomplishments:  2017.

February

March

06.02.2017-03.03.2017

Basic Humanitarian Demining course  (+EOD-1)

25 people

Internal Forces. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan

April

17.04.2017-23.04.2017

Basic Humanitarian Demining course 

20 people

12-ANAMA EOD,  4-ANAMA SMOT, 3-IEPF

April-May

24.04.2017-12.05.2017

FEREX DLG Operator Course

10 people

6-ANAMA EOD, 3-ANAMA SMOT, 1-IEPF

May

02.05.2017-13.05.2017

Introduction to Humanitarian Mine Action

1 person

1-ANAMA HQ

May

10.05.2017-13.05.2017

Basic Humanitarian Demining course. Refreshment

4 people

1-ANAMA EQCT, 1-ANAMA CT, 3-ANAMA EODT

May

10.05.2017-26.05.2017

Basic Humanitarian Demining course.

18 people

14-ANAMA MDDT,  1-ANAMA  EODT

2-ANAMA technitian, 1-ANAMA HQ.

June

05.06.2017-22.06.2017

Battle Area Clearance Course (First Aid Course)

26 people

2 courses

26 newly employed staff.

July

17.07.2017-28.07.2017

Basic Humanitarian Demining course. Refreshment

1person

1-ANAMA CT.

August

07.08.2017-18.08.2017

Introduction to Humanitarian Mine Action

1person

1-ANAMA HQ

07.08.2017-18.08.2017

Basic Humanitarian Demining course. Refreshment

1 person

1-Relief Azerbaijan NGO

07.08.2017-23.08.2017

Battle Area Clearance Course

1 person

1- ANAMA  EODT

October

02.10.2017-13.10.2017

D-MINE Course for Ukraine

10 people

State Emergency Service of Ukraine

November

06.11.2017-17.11.2017

Introduction to Humanitarian Mine Action

1person

1-ANAMA HQ

Decenber

04.12.2017-15.12.2017

Introduction to Humanitarian Mine Action

1person

1-ANAMA HQ

Total for 2017:      15  courses.  146 students.   (10 out of total students were foreigners)


Available training courses:

1

General (Non-technical)Survey Course

10 days

12

Basic Info. Management Course

5 days

2

Basic Demining Course (first aid incl)

25 days

13

GIS Course

10 days

3

Technical Survey Course

15 days

14

Mech.  Demining  Integration Course

5 days

4

Battle Area Clearance Course

20 days

15

MDD Integration Course

5 days

5

EOD Course (Level-1,and2)               

20 days

16

MDD Dog Handler Course

60 days

6

Team and Section Leader Course     

15 days

17

Mechanical Demining Operator Course

30 days

7

Demining Supervisor Course 

15 days

18

Water well clearance Course

10 days

8

QA and QC Course

15 days

19

House Clearance Course

10 days

9

Instructor Course 

15 days

20

Medic’s Integration Course  

10 days

10

Field Level Management Course  

10 days

21

D-MINE courses                                  

10 days

11

Mine Risk Education Course

5 days

 

 

 

Training course on 3 types of D-MINE simulation equipment  for 10 participants from the  State Emergency Service of Ukraine. Training done with the financial support of OSCE.

Basic Humanitarian Demining and EOD-1 Course for 25 servicemen from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan.

Division's training background and major achievements

ANAMA’s TSQA-Division was established in 2001 to meet the national mine action’s training and quality assurance needs. Since its establishment, TSQAD has been involved in number of in-country and overseas training courses rendered through the professional trainers from the UN, US EUCOM, US MARINES, US Defense Geospatial Intelligence School, GICHD, James Madison University, John Hopkins University, Cranfield University, Mines Advisory Group, Armor Group, RONCO, Way Industry, and technical advisors from a number of leading HMA organizations. In present, our staff owns a certificates on more than 33 different training courses. At the moment, TSQAD is fully nationalized and acting without an external technical support.

18 men TSQAD being competent and equipped is acting under the command of ANAMA Director. The recognition of the TSQAD's success and experience internationally, led ANAMA to become a requested agency also in terms of the training and QA/QC missions. Besides the division's in-country obligations, division had received series of requests on training and QA/QC from the International organizations and foreign mine action actors. For example: NATO has requested to train a military company of the Georgia Republic, Government of Turkey requested to train its Defense Industry engineers, and other Turkish commercial company preferred ANAMA to train civilians for clearing the Turkish-Syrian border from land mines. Since November 2014 ANAMA trains the police and military staff of Internal Forces of Azerbaijan on humanitarian demining training and (IMAS level)  EOD 1 for 150 servicemen. NATO/NSPA requested ANAMA to conduct “Ferex DLG Operator Course” for Georgian military staff and its "Delta" group. In addition within the frame of the OSCE's project ANAMA conducted a training course for Ukrainian staff.

Quality Assurance – Monitoring

TSQAD instructors conduct continuous QA over the: safety, procedures, equipment, following the SOP, quality of operations, demolitions, logistics, and medical support implemented by ANAMA's demining units and demining NGOs. Monitoring assessments are approached by observing, recording, instructing, and reporting. Eventually, all identified problems and shortcomings are reported to ANAMA HQs. Besides the monitoring done in Azerbaijan, TSQAD has been involved in QA in the republics Georgia and Turkey. 

QA accomplishments in 2016: 95 monitoring visits.

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External Quality Control - Inspections

Division’s External Quality Control Team based on the requirements of IMAS, NMAS, and QA SOP fulfills an external Quality Control (sampling) over the areas cleared by the implementing demining units and NGOs. The main purpose is to make sure that areas are cleared in compliance with the standards and requirements up to the predetermined depth and the land is free from all explosive devices and safe for end users. Normally, all found non-conformances are investigated, and resulted with corrective actions. Besides the QC in Azerbaijan, EQC Team 3 times have been contracted to conduct Quality Control in Turkey.

EQC accomplishments. 2017:
Number of fields controlled  for quality:  38.

Physically checked:   2 787 256 m2

SCANNING CAPABILITIES OF ANAMA

Scanning team (ST) supports Battle Area Clearance operations, and External Quality Сontrol inspections. ST helps EOD teams to avoid thousands of metal scrap which could be a waste of time if excavated.

When there is a task to search deeper and search in high metal contaminated areas, then the normal magnetometers may not be effective. In such cases ANAMA uses Ferex DLG, Ferex API, Vallon D1 and/or D2.  In 2016 due to the government order to clear a large former soviet military range ANAMA involved new towed technologies such as Multicat and Sensys.

Operator using FEREX is able search for devices even in a close proximity to large metal objects. When requested, ST provides BAC teams with an underground map of showing the location and size of ferromagnetic objects. ST uses software DATALINE and DATA2LINE for computer analysis. In 2017 the government of the Unites States had purchased a scanning equipment Ebinger Magnex for ANAMA. Related training delivered by the US EUCOM.

OTHER DUTIES

Testing of equipment and procedures

Before making decision on purchasing a new pieces of equipment, and/or implementing a newly proposed mine clearance related procedures, ANAMA HQ requests TSQAD to test those mentioned above needs. Eventually, a decision on buying operational tools and implementing the procedures are normally depended on the trial’s positive results.

General Survey:

Division is also responsible for General survey. All registered mine and ERW areas are periodically controlled on the probable changes that are often triggered by different factors. Information gathering and topographical methods of survey used for supporting of the land-release missions as well. Moreover, in case of newly found dangerous areas, division conducts landmine impact-survey and provides this information to ANAMA’s Information and Operation departments for further analysis and decision making. 

Investigations
TSQAD fulfills preliminary investigations in case of incidents, such as mine / UXO accidents, discovering of nonconformance, damages to property, infringement of disciplinary rules and etc. The objective is to find out the reasons of the problems and prevent the personnel, land's end users, and property from being hurt and damaged. When needed, ANAMA Director arranges a BOI, and nominates TSQAD in a role of participant.           

ANAMA “GOYGOL REGIONAL TRAINING BASE”

The Goygol Regional Training Base (GGRTB), (where ANAMA TSQAD is delivering different types of training) was recognized by experts as fully equipped and suitable for training courses for local and international staff.

Location: GGRTB is located in Goygol city, some 360 km west of the capital city Baku and approximately 10 km south from Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan.

Training facilities: GGRTB base except the office and other facilities consist of two separate training buildings: 2 classrooms (1st is for 24 men, and 2nd is for 60) equipped with computers, laser projectors. In addition there is separate conference/meeting room.

Languages: ANAMA TSQAD instructors are able to teach courses in Azerbaijani, Russian, Turkish and English languages. In case of requests for other languages, ANAMA normally involves translators and interpreters.

Other facilities: Barrack for 28 trainees, guest house with containing 2 separate rooms, bath room, shower/kitchen, 2 separate buildings for 10 men, 8 very nice single hotel rooms with 24/7 free internet, laundry, heating station, garage, canteen for 72 people, and ect. There is also the choice of hotel accommodation in Ganja if alternatives to shared-lodging at the Centre are required. In this case, the Centre is able to provide daily transfers to and from Ganja city. In addition there is an International airport in Ganja city.

Sports: Volleyball, basketball, table tennis. It’s planned to create a fitness room at the base as well.

Sequrity:  The Training Base is guarded by the Police.

Communications: Internet (line and WiFi), phone line and radio, fax and mass production color copy machine Workstation.