C Company, 3 PARA, are in Bosnia Herzegovina taking part in Exercise QUICK RESPONSE 2018 as part of EUFOR’s Multinational Battalion.
The Ministry of Defence say that this is an effort aimed at deepening and strengthening working relationships with international partners, and helping ensure a safe and secure environment for the people of the country, in support of local authorities and the Armed Forces.
As part of the realistic and challenging training package, soldiers wearing fire retardant overalls, balaclavas and helmets, and bearing protective shields, faced petrol bomb-wielding instructors posing as rioters, testing both their public order skills and their ability to apply them under pressure.
According to the Army in a news release, the men of C Company are in Bosnia Herzegovina helping to ensure a safe and secure environment for the people of the country, in support of local authorities and the Armed Forces, working closely with their Austrian, Hungarian and Turkish counterparts.
Private Tamas Borzak, of 8 Platoon, C Company, 3 PARA, talks about undergoing ‘fire inoculation’ during public order training at Camp Butmir, Sarajevo.
“The fire inoculation, I can imagine civvies back home if they were to do it they’d probably take some baby steps backwards as the Molotovs were coming at you. But it’s good to see the blokes standing firm, going straight through it, seeing the petrol bomb come at you, and “bang!” it’s on your feet, and everyone just does the drills and gets their head like that, ‘cos you can see that they’re really trying to concentrate and get the drills correct, otherwise you will get hurt. But we’re Reg, we do the job right, we’re professional soldiers.”