PERFORM AREA CLEARANCE OPERATIONS (ASP CLEAN UP)
Area clearance operations (ASP clean up).
1. General priorities - Each operation will differ, but the following steps apply in most cases.
a. Establish a command post. Communications should be set up between all operating areas.
b. Provide for medical care and evacuation. Medical personnel and ambulances must be present
in each area of operation. Helicopter landing areas must be set up because land vehicles may
not be able to get through areas where there are metal fragments.
c. Clear roadways first so traffic can resume.
d. Clear populated areas.
e. Clear revetments and other areas in the ASP containing heavy amounts of damaged
f. Start disposal operations. Disposal operations should begin ASAP to prevent large quantities of
hazardous ammunition from building up in exposed holding areas.
a. As a rule, the size of ASP cleanup and disposal operations makes it necessary for EOD
personnel to be aided by others who can be trained at the site to perform certain operations
under the supervision of EOD technicians. Ammunition technicians, because of their knowledge
Other personnel can be used for the cleanup of non-explosive scrap after they have received
training in recognizing hazardous ammunition.
b. Communications and medical personnel, heavy equipment operators, and truck drivers can also
aid operations personnel.
(1) For cleanup operations, a team consisting of one EOD technician and six ammunition
technicians is considered best, with the ratio never exceeding one to ten. When required,
teams may be combined to form passing lines.
(2) For disposal operations, a team of three EOD technicians to eight ammunition technicians