Explosive Hazards Removal in Syria
Tetra Tech is conducting humanitarian efforts to restore basic services and help Syrians rebuild their communities after ISIS occupation.
Through the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) humanitarian mine action efforts, Tetra Tech’s experts are working to clear explosive hazards from critical infrastructure and educate Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) regarding these threats.
Tetra Tech is training local nationals to eventually form a core team capable of conducting explosive clearance operations. Work is funded through a cooperative agreement with DOS, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA), with funding provided by the United States, Denmark, Germany, Kosovo, Latvia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates.
At project inception, Tetra Tech mobilized project management resources to set up a fully equipped, self-sustaining project management office in Erbil, Iraq, followed by the establishment of a forward training facility and life support areas to sustain deployed clearance teams. Tetra Tech has delivered classroom and field practical sessions to train 125 local nationals to conduct surveys compliant with the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS). An additional 25 Syrians have received advance training and certifications.
Tetra Tech has mobilized more than 400 personnel to provide explosive hazard risk assessments, surveys, and clearance operations. Using sophisticated search methods, specialized equipment, and highly trained K9s, clearance teams safely locate and destroy explosive hazards in liberated areas.
Since 2016 Tetra Tech has recovered and destroyed more than 6,000 explosive hazards from land, roads, and structures. These cleared areas comprise more than 7 million square meters in and around urban communities, including Manbij, Tabqah, and Raqqah. Cleared properties include 167 schools—allowing more than 45,000 students to resume their studies—34 clinics and hospitals, and 61 critical power and water facilities.
To further reduce the threat of explosive hazards in these areas, Tetra Tech establishes relationships with local leaders through a community liaison to raise public awareness and promote safe behavior, especially among children. Our mine risk education (MRE) teams distributed nearly 33,000 informative posters and delivered over 750 MRE training sessions in communities and IDP camps. More than 100,000 adults and children have received this training.
Learn more about Tetra Tech’s work in the Middle East.