I've included this section in our web because I receive a large number of letters and e-mails asking about employment opportunities, both with Ribbands Explosives and the explosives industry as a whole.

To those outside the industry, explosives disposal may have a rather glamorous image, perhaps generated by media treatment of our activities. Believe me - this is not really so! Once you've spent a long time lugging ammunition into muddy holes the glamour evaporates. But, there is still the fun aspect of seeing the stuff finally go off, which most full-time operators will admit, at least privately, is rather enjoyable. So to those thinking of entering the industry, I offer you my encouragement and best wishes. However, it is important to be realistic about the prospects, since this is a small, and in some fields shrinking, industry.

My company is primarily involved in explosives disposal - latterly large quantities of redundant military and civilian explosives and ammunition. Plus some area clearance - minefields and battle areas, that sort of stuff. We operate from our base in Norfolk, UK and at various range sites and clients' premises in the UK and overseas. We are also involved in the import and export of specialised military equipment and explosives.

For our manpower requirements, we have a core of full-time employees; plus a list of regular staff who are contracted on a job-to-job basis. We do not operate at full capacity continuously, since the nature of the work results in quiet periods punctuated by times of intense activity.