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Where did it all begin?

The story of 1st Line Defence started all the way back in 2012, with our Managing Director – Brett Kinsman – and his vision of creating a UXO risk mitigation company that was a class above the rest.

The vision for 1st Line Defence was more than just offering UXO risk mitigation services; Brett wanted to create a company that invested in its people and the very best equipment and processes, with a strong focus of building great relationships with clients and suppliers.

The vision in 2012 was very straightforward:

  • Make construction sites a safer place for Commercial, Governmental and Humanitarian organisations to develop and operate in.
  • Build a team of talented individuals and provide opportunities for them to progress within a growing company.
  • Provide clients with a value for money service and sector leading customer service.
  • On 23 March 2012, 1st Line Defence invoiced its first client for a Preliminary UXO Risk Assessment and the company flourished from there.

Where are we now?

1st Line Defence really has grown since its humble beginnings.

In 2012, we started with a team of two staff and soon added our first two historical researchers. It was a time when everyone had to wear many hats and ‘muck in’ with every aspect of the business, and our friendly and practical approach was soon winning over new clients.

We are proud to have built a robust and diverse workforce of over 150+ employees who are trained to deliver the highest levels of customer service. We have expanded our services to a wider global Land and Marine client base, whilst continuing to maintain the high quality project delivery 1st Line Defence has built its enviable reputation on.

1st Line Defence is the UXO risk mitigation company chosen by many organisations due to the numerous professional Accreditations & Memberships we hold, safety is our top priority and you are in good hands. We are also approved suppliers of the Counter-Explosive Ordnance Defence Engagement Office (CEDE), which is part of the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FDCO).

1st Line Defence have the capabilities to assess and manage UXO risk on projects of all different shapes, sizes and scopes, and you can have peace of mind that our professionally-trained staff will support you throughout the entire project life cycle.

What does the future hold?

Our portfolio of work over the years has delivered a variety of services to over 4,000 clients, meeting all of their UXO risk mitigation needs and supporting our clients with UXO safety and awareness training, CPD courses and more.

We continuingly invest in our staff, equipment, processes, infrastructure and technology to provide our clients the most cost-effective UXO risk mitigation solutions in the industry.

Our employees sit at the core of our business and we are committed to providing the best possible training, from our ground staff all the way through to our management team.

Supported by a large and dedicated team from offices in Hertfordshire, UK and Florida, U.S.A, our UXO specialists and EOD engineers have used their expertise to mitigate risk across thousands of projects across the UK and Overseas.

It is all of this combined that has enabled us to become renowned as experts in our field. Whether it’s supporting clients that operate on Land or Marine projects, in conflict zones or for humanitarian purposes – you can rely on our knowledge, trustworthiness and professionalism.

Follow the links to browse our client Case Studies and Testimonials and find out more about what we do, and if you need more information – contact us and we will try our best to help.

Company Timeline

  • March 2012

  • March 2012

  • March 2013

  • August 2013

  • October 2014

  • June 2015

  • April 2016

  • November 2017

  • June 2018

  • February 2019

  • June 2019

  • February 2020

  • October 2020

  • May 2021

  • January 2022

Why choose us

  1. Extensive experience in the sector
  2. Industry-leading technologies and infrastructure
  3. Complete project life cycle solutions
  4. Flexible and responsive approach
  5. Professional accreditations and memberships

Click on the following link to view or download the UXO Risk Mitigation Strategy we adhere to, in accordance with CIRIA C681 Guidelines.

“I have always found 1st Line to be highly flexible and accommodating to project changes. Their site and office teams are punctual and professional and have given me no reason to look for an alternative supplier.“

Senior Engineering Project Manager, Structural Soils Ltd

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Call: +44 (0) 1992 245020 or Email: info@1stlinedefence.co.uk

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