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Managing wildfires and much more on the Defence Training Estate

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Firefighters from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service monitoring the fire on Salisbury Plain Training Area. [Photograph courtesy of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service]

Hi, I’m Brigadier Simon Stockley, Head of the DIO’s Overseas Region and Defence Training Estate (OR&DTE). My role includes the provision of military training facilities here in the UK, and around the world, to enable our Armed Forces to be …

Excavating military tracks at Barrow Clump

Volunteers and archaeologists at Barrow Clump [Crown Copyright, MOD 2018]

Hi, my name is Richard Osgood and I'm the Senior Archaeologist at DIO. Today I'll be blogging about the team of military veterans, service personnel and volunteers from Wessex Archaeology and Breaking Ground Heritage who helped to unearth the excavation …

New vehicles crack down on illegal activity on Salisbury Plain

Hi, I’m Lt Col Stewart Andrews and I’m DIO’s Senior Training Safety Officer for Salisbury Plain. Last year, 2948 illegal incursions were reported in the South West; most were caused by people illegally driving 4x4s and motorcycles on the Plain. …

How people risk their lives on the military training estate

Cartoon from Reynolds News, 1941, showing someone picnicing in front of a line of tanks

We want people to enjoy the military training estate, but it can be a dangerous place if you don't follow the rules. There are a number of ways you can put your life at risk and here's a few of …

Army Basing Masterplan to build sustainable communities and homes

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Dr Sue Jordan at Bulford [Crown Copyright, MOD 2017]

My name is Sue Jordan, Senior Environmental Manager in DIO Safety, Environment and Engineering.  My colleagues and I work on a range of initiatives that protect and enhance the MOD estate worldwide.  My blog explains the range of partnership working …

Maintaining the balance: Public Access versus Public Safety?

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WO1 Kevin Morris is a Training Safety Marshall.

The Defence estate includes some of the most dramatic countryside in the UK and every year large numbers of people enjoy access to it both legally and safely. But not everyone sticks to the rules with some people endangering themselves …