First class UXO experience demands constant, front line exposure. At 1st Line Defence, our entire team – analysts, researchers, ordnance engineers and support staff – live and breathe UXO and are passionate about doing the right thing by every client. As a result our scale and scope is, quite simply, unrivalled in the UK.

Every year we complete more than 13,000 UXO intrusive surveys – more than 1,000 UXO investigations every single month. In 2016 we undertook over 700 desktop risk assessments, with a 650% increase in enquiries and reports in the last two years.

To give you an idea of outcomes:

  • Almost 50% of our preliminary studies come back as No Further Action.
  • Last year, of those preliminary reports that went on to Detailed Assessment, 41% were assessed as Low or Low-Medium risk, requiring only Awareness Briefings.

Capability and reach

Wherever there’s UXO risk, we can help – any location, any time. Each month we’ll manage some 200 live projects. Last year (2016) alone our 45+ team of specialist UXO engineers drove more than 689,000 miles keeping projects on track, spending more than 70,000 man hours on-site. In the last 12 months, we’ve amassed 7,316 man days out in the field keeping people and assets safe.

We are passionate about improving awareness of UXO, and driving Best Practice to reduce and mitigate risk. That’s why, each month, we will deliver between 200 and 500 UXO briefings to teams on-site. It’s no coincidence our team comprises the largest number of qualified EOD engineers. 1st Line Defence personnel qualifications include BESC, PTS, EPIC, SSSTS/SMSTS, NEBOSHH, WICS, Asbestos safety and more.

Contact Us now and see how we can help with your project. Find out what others think about us on our Testimonials page

Discover more about our experience by browsing Case Studies and reading client Testimonials…

Click on the links below to view some examples of our previous work, demonstrating our capabilities. The majority of our work comes from repeat business and referrals – click through to some Testimonials.

“1st Line Defence were very helpful from the first contact, offering advice on methodology and approach to working on an awkward site. They were flexible and provided a quick response to our enquiry, mobilising an engineer at short notice. The UXO engineer was very professional, giving clear and comprehensive induction to the site works team.“

Senior Geoenvironmental Engineer, Geotechnical Engineering Ltd

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