Manpower requirements for ED teams are usually established by trial and error during training and exercises.
Personnel needs also vary among storage facilities. Any team handling explosives must always have at least two
personnel. The teams and their responsibilities are as follows:
The ring main team usually consists of at least four soldiers, with one vehicle. Their job is to emplace the
detonating cord ring main. Additional soldiers may be needed to anchor and splice the detonating cord.
The composition and number of branch line teams required varies greatly among ASPs depending on the site
layout and amount of stocks present. The number of teams will also be determined by the amount of time you
have to destroy the stock. The less time you have, the more teams you will need. These teams attach
detonating cord branch lines to the ring main and lay them in to the prepared charges.
Charge teams are responsible for preparing and setting up the charges and connecting them to the branch
lines. Their number is also governed by the amount of time available.
The firing team sets up the dual priming on the ring main after all the charges have been rigged. In some
cases, it may have to prime more than one site.
Road guards are responsible for restricting traffic into and within the area, and for preventing damage to the
ring main. Because of their scattered positions, special care must be taken to ensure that they are all
ED Team Equipment
Equipment needs for each team vary depending on the size of the storage area and the types of destruction to be
accomplished. The following is a general guide to the equipment and quantities required by each team.
The ring main team requires the following items:
Detonating cord with M1 detonating cord clips. This cord forms the ring main, so several 1,000-foot rolls
may be needed.
A vehicle (with a trailer, if necessary).
The branch line teams require the same items as the ring main team.
The charge teams require the following items:
Demolition charges or fuel containers, as applicable.
Detonating cord with M1 detonating cord clips.