What is the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Van Driver Course?

Aim of the Course

This course operates closely with the local police constabulary and allows students to support and exercise traffic exemptions when driving in emergency situations. This will include driving under escort and/or unescorted ‘blue light’ response conditions. This course is highly suitable for personnel who are required to drive under ‘blue light’ conditions for other services and is delivered during day and night time hours.

Completion of this course allows students to enrol with the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Phase 3 personnel – must be selected for employment as an EOD Van Driver within either RN, RAF, RE, RLC or Gibraltar Infantry Regiment EOD role units.
  • Must hold a GB issued photocard driving licence with a minimum full Category C1 (unrestricted (7.5 tonne)) entitlement or national equivalent. Driving licence restriction code 78 limits drivers to vehicles with automatic transmissions – DST Leconfield training vehicles have manual transmissions.
  • Must have completed Defence General Service Driver (DGSD) Module 1 conversion training or national equivalent.
  • Students must be able to meet the UK Driver Standards Agency basic legal eyesight requirement for the Category of licence held.

Duration

Five (5) working days, with twenty two (22) courses per year.

Location

Defence School of Transport Leconfield.

Outline of Course

Students will learn about the ‘Blue Light’ policy and the principles of driving in emergency situations on open public roads. After the theory principles, they will drive in Armoured or Soft Skinned military vehicles in and around the local area with an opportunity under ‘Blue Light’ in order to immerse themselves into a realistic scenario. They will conduct emergency procedures under close observation and exercise the Road Traffic Act throughout the course and learn how to maintain a Defence EOD van.

This course is assessed throughout with both theory and practical tests.

Due to the nature of the course there is a 2:1 Student to Trainer ratio of instruction delivery.

Qualifications Gained

EOD Van Driver Competency.

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