About Steven Firkins
A highly self-motivated, confident, professional and conscientious individual with a methodical
and well organised approach to work, applying common sense and practicality to the requirements
of the client. As a strong and pro-active team player, I can also work autonomously when required
and always within stringent Health & Safety and Covid-19 working regulations. Having excellent
diplomatic and communication skills allows me to interact at all levels, both written and verbal. I
have proven experience gained in high risk environments both at home and abroad. Willing to work
in any global location, having no domestic issues. I keep my skills and qualifications updated as an
aid to both my personal and professional development.
2011 - 2011
2008 - 2008
Defense EOD Munitions and Search School South
Course Aim To train Royal Engineer JNCOs and Sappers to operate under the control of a RESA as part of an Advanced Search Team, in high threat environments and in support of All Arms and other Gov. agencies.
2007 - 2007
Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal School
Aim of Course: To give JR's at Corporal level or equivalent from all 3 services, the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out the duties of a No 2. Supporting the BDO as part of an EOD team during disposal of conventional and chemical explosive ordinance including booby traps and sabotage devices in peace and war.
2021 - Present
Safelane Global (Mali)
Employed as a Search Mentor responsible for delivering Search training to multinational EOD teams in support of the MINUSMA mission. Duties also included mentoring of Search teams conducting operational duties across multiple regions within MALI (Gao/Kidal/Douentza).
2020 - 2021
Horizen Limited Security and Investigations (Glascow Scotland)
Executive Close Protection Officer
2018 - 2020
Training, Assessments and Evaluation of Team members. RSP (Render Safe Procedures)/ Destruction of IEDs and Conventional munitions in area of Taskings. High assurance Search and land handover of task sites to Local Authority. Search and EOD Training design and implementation (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced). Coaching and mentoring my counterparts and subordinates within the company. Plan, reconnaissance and execution of routes, task sites and control points. Deploy on Taskings/Operations as a Team Leader in an IEDD/EOD and Search capacity. Health and Safety of Staff and Students under instruction. Quality assurance of training being delivered by Team Staff and students. Career development and welfare of subordinates. Health and Safety of men and women within Team on taskings. Quality assurance of training delivered to subordinates’ and assessments of their skills. Deliver Search, IEDD and Mines Awareness Training to the members of the company. Utilize, maintain, and teach Remote Controlled Vehicles and UAVs to Team members for tasking.
2015 - 2018
101 Royal engineer Regiment (Iraq)
Training, Assessments and Evaluation of the Army Reserve Search and EOD members. Search and EOD Training design and implementation (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced). Coaching and mentoring my counterparts and subordinates within the Army Reserve. Deploy on Operations when required in an EOD and Search capacity. Health and Safety of Staff and Students under instruction. Served in Nigeria, Denmark, and Iraq. 2007-2015 Advanced/High Risk EOD Team (IEDD and Conventional Munitions Disposal), High Risk/High Assurance Search Team Commander. 33/101 Royal Engineer Regiments (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) 1995 - 2007 Various Military Units with Progressive Promotion.