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TRAINING, SURVEY and QUALITY ASSURANCE DIVISION

Brief History about ANAMA National Training Team

The Training and Quality Assurance Team was established in 2001 within the Operations Department of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA). Since 2002 it consists of only national staff and operates without any external technical support. In 2008 this team was transformed to the Training, Survey and Quality Assurance Division (TSQAD), acting under the direct command of ANAMA Director.

TSQAD as one of the essential elements of ANAMA is responsible for provision of training courses, measuring a quality of certain activities through Quality Assurance, Quality Control and eventually reporting the level of confidence to the ANAMA / National Mine Action Authority on an ongoing and completed tasks fulfilled by an implementing units and contractors. TSQAD has been internationally accredited as a competent unit for conducting an HMA related training courses.

Structure:

19 men TSQAD being fully empowered and equipped is acting under the command of ANAMA Director only. TSQAD has been internationally recognized as a competent unit to conduct an HMA related training courses and Quality Assurance, which eventually resulted with the series of foreign requests on training and QA/QC. For example: NATO requested to train a military company Georgia Republic, Government of Turkey requested to for training its Defense Industry engineers, and other Turkish commercial company preferred ANAMA to train civilians for clearing the Syrian border from land mines. All of requests are fulfilled in highest level of conformity

Division’s key roles:

  1. Training.
  2. Quality Assurance / Monitoring evaluations.
  3. External Quality Control / sampling, inspection.
  4. Re-survey visits.
  5. Preliminary Investigations.
  6. Testing of equipment and procedures.

Division’s history:

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 a 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 30 different training courses. At the moment, TSQAD is fully nationalized and acting without any external technical support.

Training Achievements:  2001-2012

Since 2001 till now the division’s Training and Monitoring Team has delivered 130 Humanitarian Mine Action related training courses and trained 1300 trainees. 297 out the 1300 total number of trainees were foreign students. For additional information on the foreign students trained by the Information Department.

Trained foreign staff:

  • Georgia - 13 courses for 66 military servicemen.
  • Turkey-3 courses for the Defence Industry Engeneers.
  • Turkey-2 courses for the Turkish company “Nokta ”
  • Tajikistan- 2 courses for 11 TMAC members
  • Afghanistan-7courses for 26 ANDMA (DMC ) representatives

In 2011 ANAMA has won a NATO/NSPA tender for training and conducting a mentoring over the Georgian military. The objectives were to conduct 9 training courses and 5 month on-the-job training and mentoring in Georgia, and prepare a Georgian national capacity to eliminate an existing mine and ERW impact in their country. TSQAD owns necessary certified training aids including “D-Mine” wireless training mine and IED simulators.

Training services:

  1. General Survey Course                             
  2. Basic Demining Course (first aid incl)     
  3. Technical Survey Course                            
  4. Land Release Course                              
  5. Battle Area Clearance Course 
  6. EOD Course (Level-1,and2)                        
  7. Team and Section Leader Course                         
  8. Demining Supervisor Course    
  9. QA and QC Course                                    
  10. Instructor Course                          
  11. Field Level Management Course              
  12. Mine Risk Education Course     
  13. Basic Info. Management Course              
  14. GIS Course                                    
  15. Mech. Dem. Integration Course              
  16. MDD Integration Course           
  17. Mechanical Demining Operator Course  
  18. Water well clearance Course   
  19. House Clearance Course
  20. Medic’s Integration Course  

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QA - Monitoring evaluations

TSQAD instructors conduct continuous monitoring evaluations over the: safety, procedures, equipment, following the SOP, quality of operations, demolitions, logistics, and medical support. Aspects above are approached by observing, recording, instructing and reporting steps. Eventually, all identified problems and shortcomings are reported to ANAMA HQs. Besides the monitoring done in Azerbaijan, TSQAD has been involved in QA in Georgia and Turkey as well.

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QC - External Quality Control

\\xerox\Public\FOTO KARKAMIŞ\DSC03927.JPGDivision’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 in Azerbaijan. The goal is to make sure that the 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-conformities 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.

Investigations

TSQAD fulfills preliminary investigations in case of incidents, such as mine / UXO accidents, discovering of nonconformities, damages to property, infringement of disciplinary rules and etc. The Hadise33objective is to find out the reasons of the problems and prevent the personnel, land’s end user and property from being hurt and damaged. In case of a need, ANAMA Director arranges a BOI and nominates a TSQAD in a role of participant.            

 

 

 

Non-technical Survey:
        

Division is also responsible for Non-technical survey.  All of the 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.

Testing of equipment and procedures

Prior making a decision on a purchase of a new piece of equipment, and/or implementing a mine clearance related procedures, ANAMA HQ requests TSQA-Division to test those mentioned above needs. Eventually, a decision on buying a demining related tools and implementing the procedures are normally depended on the trial’s positive results.

STAFF EVALUATIONS

Upon the request from ANAMA Operations department on staff evaluation, TSQA-Division implements the knowledge and demining skills evaluation of existing field personnel including all field personnel such as Site Supervisors, team/section leaders, deminers, mine MDD and MDM staff. For such evaluations, a division uses various wireless training landmine simulators which buried like a real mines and in case of infringement of SOPs and technical guidelines, those mines send a sound and light signals to the electronic monitors when a mine is initiated. Eventually division provides ANAMA Director and Operations Department on the results of evaluations for further decisions.



                 

TRAINING ASSETS

The Centre is equipped with different type of demining tools, personal protection equipment and paramedic services to support the conduct of practical exercises in and out the base. It also possesses a number of ‘state of the art’ training aids, such as extensive range of verified inert munitions, inert cut-away mine and UXO models, various types of mine detectors, ferrous locators, ground penetrating radars, and etc.   For development purposes of the national training and demining capacity, ANAMA purchased 4 sets of very effective electronic Anti-Personal blast land-mine simulators BT-R200, Anti-Personal Trip-Wire initiated land-mine simulators BT-R300 and IED-R100 wireless improvised explosive device simulators from a Swedish company. These wireless training sets of mine and IED simulators allow instructors to conduct more realistic training and evaluation of existing demining staff.  Mine Detection Dogs and Mechanical Demining Machines (mini & midi flails & EODBOT - Bobcat T250) are also available where needed to complement training in operations integration.

 

The list of the national and international training courses fulfilled by ANAMA TSQA-Division in 2012

YearsSNTitle of the training courseTrained    OrganizationsDates
d/m/y
 Location
of training
Number
of trainees
20111Basic Demining CourseTurkish Mechanical & Chemical Industries corporation31.01.11 24.02.11Azerbaijan8
2Basic Demining CourseGeorgia*
Ministry of Defense
28.03.11
22.04.11
Azerbaijan33
3Basic Demining CourseGeorgia*
Ministry of Defense
02.05.11
27.05.11
Azerbaijan33
4Battle Area Clearance and Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal CourseGeorgia*
Ministry of Defense
06.06.11
01.07.11
Azerbaijan33
5Basic Demining CourseTurkish Mechanical & Chemical Industries corporation07.06.11 05.07.11Azerbaijan10
6Battle Area Clearance /
Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course
Georgia*
Ministry of Defense
04.07.11
29.07.11
Azerbaijan33
7Technical Survey CourseGeorgia*
Ministry of Defense
01.08.11
12.08.11
Azerbaijan15
8Methods of Instruction CourseGeorgia*
Ministry of Defense
15.08.11
26.08.11
Georgia15
9Site Supervisor CourseGeorgia*
Ministry of Defense
29.08.11
09.09.11
Georgia15
10Information Management CourseGeorgia*
Ministry of Defense
21.01.10    29.01.10Georgia
By ANAMA Info Dept.
12
11Quality Assurance and
Quality Control Course
Georgia*
Ministry of Defense
26.09.11
07.09.11
Georgia15
12Integration Course  to HDOANAMA
 Mechanical Demining Team
14.11.11
25.11.11
Azerbaijan7
13Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course. EOD Level-2.Turkish Mechanical & Chemical Industries corporation28.11.11
23.12.11
Azerbaijan10
Total13
Training Courses
3
Organizations
were trained
3
Years
2
Countries.
239
People trained
       Note:  * Georgia MoD / EOD Company was trained by ANAMA as a result of becoming a winner of NATO/NAMSA’s tender. 

Since 2001, the Training and Monitoring section has delivered 109 courses covering entry-level competencies in basic HMA to advanced operations in railway clearance and demining operations integration. The principal fields of training have included:

  • Basic Demining Course
  • Technical Survey and Operations Safety
  • HMA Familirization Course
  • Demining operations integration
  • First Aid, Field Paramedics and Medical Evacuation
  • Map reading and GIS
  • EOD/BAC (IMAS Levels 1 & 2)
  • Instructor Cource
  • House clearance
  • Railway clearance
  • Water well clearance
  • QA/QC Cource
  • Information Management Cource
  • Team Leaders/ Supervisor Course
  • Site management and supervision
  • Explosive storage and transportation
  • Mine Risk Education instruction

EXTERNAL QUALITY CONTROL DATA

Years

Number of Battle Areas

Number of Mine Fields

Number of sites
per year

Size of sampled Mine Fields. sqm

Size  of  sampled Battle Areas. sqm

Size of sampled areas per year. sqm

2011      

2011

20

31

51

309220

1273213

1582433

2010

14

15

29

278076

2359653

2637729

2009

14

18

32

804400

1541603

2346003

2008

22

28

50

1947606

2160820

4108426

2007

6

28

34

942849

867240

1810089

2006

105

33

138

1183660

152210

1335870

2005

73

23

96

221159

198680

419839

2004

134

35

169

206399

693570

899969

2003

19

28

47

131000

552000

683000

Total

407

239

646

6024369

9798989

15823358

So far ANAMA has trained national mine action operators for Georgia, Afghanistan, Turkey and Tajikistan.
In 2011 ANAMA TSQAD Leader participated in Mine Action Evaluation Training held by GICHD in Switzerland.

Training capabilities

ANAMA is able to provide IMAS compliant training programs in the following areas:

  • General and Technical Survey
  • Differential Geographic Information System (DGIS) and spatial data mapping
  • IMSMA and Mine Action information management
  • Basic Humanitarian Demining
  • EOD Operations (IMAS levels 1 & 2)
  • Explosive storage and transportation
  • Ammunition Storage Management and Ammunition Storage Area (ASA) clearance
  • Battle Area Clearance (including use of FEREX 4.032 Detection System DLG-GPS)
  • Mine Dog Detection and dog handling
  • Use of mechanical assets in clearance operations
  • Integration of Mine Detection Dogs & Mechanical assets in Mine Action operations
  • House and railway clearance
  • Management of IEDs
  • Area Reduction/Land Release Methodologies
  • Mine Risk Education
  • Survivor/Victim Assistance need assessment and response planning
  • First Aid/Field Paramedic training
  • Section & Team Leadership; Field Supervision & Management
  • Training of Trainers
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Logistics and Supply Management

The proximity of the Mine Action Resource and Training Centre in Goygol to the several ANAMA’s operations sites, namely the Saloglu munitions clearance project in Agstafa district and mine clearance operations in Goranboy and Terter districts provide the opportunity to observe and practice live operations.

 

Training facilities

ANAMA’s Mine Action Resource and Training Centre is located in Goygol region, some 360 kms west of the capital city Baku and approximately 10 km from Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan.

In 2009 UNDP Azerbaijan conducted evaluation of existing capacities of ANAMA, as well as techniques and facilities to recommend on the possibility of converting ANAMA to an International Training Center for Mine Action whose main purpose will be to provide assistance in building of national mine action capacity for mine/UXO affected countries. The Goygol Resource and Training centre, where ANAMA TSQAD is delivering different types of training was highly recognized by experts as fully equipped and suitable for training courses for local and international staff.

Facilities at Centre consist of two training rooms equipped with LCD projectors, one of which is currently disposed as a conference/meeting room (maximum capacity 35 persons each); three separate accommodation quarters, offering either triple rooms or dormitory style sleeping (each quarter has its own attached, yet shared bathroom facilities); a large meals/communal area and internet library (at present only with dial-up internet connection though installation of high-speed ADSL connectivity is in process). The Centre can accommodate up to 46 persons. 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.

 

The Centre is equipped with sufficient demining tools, personal protection equipment and paramedic services to support the conduct of practical clearance and EOD exercises for a minimum of 35 trainees. It also possesses a number of ‘state of the art’ training aids, such as the D-Mine simulation system and advanced CPR and acute trauma care simulators. The Centre also possesses an extensive range of verified explosive-free munitions for identification purposes, cut-away mine and UXO models for training in fuses and operational fuse-arming and various types of detectors, locators and search heads used in manual demining and BAC. MDD and mechanical assets (mini & midi ground-penetrating flails & EODBOT - Bobcat T250) are also available where needed to complement training in operations integration.

ANAMA TSQAD is able to provide courses in 3-4 languages: Azerbaijan, Russian, Turkish and English. Translations to Persian, Georgian and Arabic are also possible.

ANAMA hosted Vietnam delegation

On 1-5 May, 2011 ANAMA hosted delegation from Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation, as well as representatives from Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Labor and GICHD Senior Expert Ms. Vera Bohle. Purpose of the visit was observation and learning from the institutional capacities that have been developed by the ANAMA, in terms of both functional departments as well as field works coordinated/conducted by the Agency.

On 2 May, 2011 the representatives paid a visit to ANAMA Goygol Regional Base where they have been briefed by TSQA Division Leader E.Gasimov on the activities of TSQA division including information on new methods and methodologies applied for enhancing training, survey, monitoring/QA/QC procedures.

On 3 May, 2011 Vietnam delegation paid a visit to Agstafa region to get acquainted with the joint NATO/NAMSA and ANAMA project on the identification and destruction of all surface and immediate subsurface UXOs and explosive hazards in the former military base near Saloglu village. The briefing on current status of the Project has been delivered by Agstafa region Chief Supervisor in the situ.

The official meeting of Vietnam delegation finalized with the meeting in ANAMA HQ with Agency Director and HQ staff.

ANAMA conducts clearance operations in Turkey


In accordance with the agreement between ANAMA and Turkish company "Sidar GLOBAL",  ANAMA started UXO clearance operations on the former military landfill in Diyaarbakir Province, Turkey in May 2012. Operations were continued up to 30 August 2012. During this period, 1,101,492 sq.m of area was cleared where 16,912 pieces of various types of UXO were found and destroyed.

During 2012 ANAMA also conducted UXO clearance operations in Karapınar settlement of Konya, Turkey in a military shooting range. Operations were conducted within the contract signed between ANAMA and Roketsan Rocket Industry and Trade Co. Within the project 72.000 sq.m of land was cleared and 407 UXOs were found and destroyed.

   

Besides above mentioned projects, ANAMA is also seriously involved in tender procedures for the clearance of land borders along Turkish and Syrian borders.

This tender is announced by Turkish National Defense Ministry and covers the clearance of mines along the borders between Turkey and Syria. The documentation stage has been completed and all the necessary papers were submitted to the relevant organs. Currently the discussions are carried out on the final tender procedures.

 

 


Integration of MDD in manual and mechanical clearance operations

Although MDDs cannot replace manual mine clearance, they are a powerful tool when used in combination with manual and mechanical clearance.


ANAMA has conducted a field test of various methods of clearance and come up with a new system where manual, MDDs and mechanical means are integrated in a most time and cost effective manner.

 

                             

In 2010 ANAMA’s mine detection dog trainers started developing a local capacity of mine detecting dogs to support mine clearance operations in Azerbaijan. The first step in this process was the training of two German Shepherd puppies, Aron and Abrek, born in January 2011. After passing accreditation test in April 2012, Aron and Abrek are successfully operating in the live minefields in three regions of Azerbaijan – Fizuli, Agdam and Agstafa. The day of August 01, 2012 was significantly earmarked for the whole ANAMA personnel as Aron, born and trained in Goygol International Mine Action Resource and Training Center has found his first three anti-tank mines. This serves as a highest appraisal for all those who were involved in Aron and Abrek’s training.

Up to date, 24 German Shepherd and Malinois puppies were born in Goygol Training Center. Currently, all of them are on the different stages of training and one day will be involved in mine clearance operations.