Last Friday saw our CCF contingent visit the local Ashchurch Camp to take part in various exercises with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search Unit. This was a rare and unique opportunity to experience some of the procedures and equipment the Regiment uses during their day-to-day operations and see how they react to a call-out situation.

There were three activities that our CCF members took part in throughout the day. The first saw our cadets trying on a bomb disposal suit, weighing a hefty 47kg, along with a respirator and a suit used when dealing with hazardous materials.

Following that, our cadets were treated to a very intriguing talk about the history of ballistics and munitions, with visual proof of how they have developed and modernised through the decades, and also centuries!

Finally, and arguably most interestingly, St Edward’s pupils were able to use a ‘Dragon Runner’ bomb disposal robot, taking part in a time trial to pick up a ball and place it in brass container against the clock.

Special thanks go to Capt Mayes, a former St Edward’s pupil, who organised the day for our CCF and provided them with this unique chance to experience the activities and handle the equipment.