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Argon to showcase simulator technology at CBRNe Convergence Canada

Written by Steven Pike on 22 Mar 2019

The Canadian city of Ottawa will play host to its first ever CBRNe Convergence event this April 16th and 17th, 2019, with Argon Electronics among the exhibitors.

The event will bring together military, civilian and scientific experts from around the world, to share practical advice and experience on responding to a multitude of CBRNe threats.

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What are the core requirements of wide area CBRNe training?

Written by Steven Pike on 21 Mar 2019

When you are required to conduct wide area emergency preparedness training - be it in the setting of a CBRNe school, a dedicated military center or an industrial facility - the ongoing challenge for any CBRNe instructor is to be able to create a scenario that is realistic, safe, reliable and cost effective.

Trainees need to be equipped with the practical knowledge and skills to respond with confidence to an enormous variety of potential live incidents. And each threat brings with it a unique set of practical, physical and psychological tasks that need to be 'experienced' in order to be understood.

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How can a multi-gas detection simulator enhance emergency response?

Written by Steven Pike on 12 Mar 2019

The growth in global industry and manufacturing, together with the ever-present risk of terrorist threat, means emergency personnel are increasingly being required to respond to incidents where there is risk of exposure to explosive atmospheres, low or enriched oxygen, or the presence of lethal toxic vapours.

For response crews arriving on scene there are two essential questions to consider. Is the air safe enough to breathe? And are there any specific toxic gases present?

Gas detection is fundamental to emergency response - and multi-gas detectors are the ideal tools for serving the majority of first responders' gas detection needs.

Ensuring that crews have access to the right air-monitoring equipment, and that they're trained in how to use it, is essential for enabling them to make confident decisions in complex scenarios.

In this blog post we provide an overview of the most common types of air-monitoring equipment. And we explore how gas detection simulators can aid in the effectiveness of first response training. 

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CBRNe Summit Europe 2019 to showcase UK emergency response capability

Written by Steven Pike on 07 Mar 2019

The increase in CBRNe-related incidents in recent years, has spurred a marked commitment to the development and enhancement of the United Kingdom's national CBRNe response capabilities.

As civil and military agencies strive to improve their response times and fine-tune their CBRNe training, attendance at events such as the CBRNe Summit Europe in April 2019 can provide an invaluable opportunity for further relationship-building, collaboration and research.

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Are your CBRNe training solutions environmentally sustainable?

Written by Steven Pike on 20 Feb 2019

One of the primary drivers of modern chemical warfare agent (CWA) training is the need to be prepared for complex and unpredictable terrorist-related incidents, but that in itself means there are some unique challenges for instructors to overcome.

In the majority of cases in CBRNe warfare, for example, the 'enemy' that you're likely to be up against may be an invisible, or near invisible one.

It is widely accepted that effective CBRNe training hinges on the opportunity for personnel to experience, and train for, a range of chemical, biological or radiological threats in the safest possible way.

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4 essential tools for effective HazMat and CBRNe training

Written by Steven Pike on 19 Feb 2019

The successful management of a major hazardous materials or CBRNe incident hinges on personnel having access to the right equipment - and having the know-how, experience and confidence to handle that equipment effectively.

In this blog post, we summarize the features of four essential detection, identification and monitoring (DIM) tools, all of which are regularly used in the course of live CBRNe and HazMat response.

We also compare those products with examples of high-fidelity simulator equivalents that are widely used, with great effectiveness, in the carrying out of a diverse range of safety-critical training exercises.

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Argon to showcase CBRNe training systems at Aero India 2019

Written by Steven Pike on 07 Feb 2019

Argon Electronics will be exhibiting alongside our Indian partner, Strongfield Technologies Pvt., at the Aero India Show taking place at the Yelehanka Airforce Station in Bengaluru, Karnataka, 20th to 24th February 2019. 

The Aero India Exhibition has been held every two years since 1996, and regularly attracts in excess of 60,000 business visitors and 100, 000 general visitors over the duration of the show. 

Argon has been at the forefront of CBRNe and hazardous material simulation design for in excess of twenty-five years, while Strongfield has more than thirty years of experience providing specialist technology-based products to the aerospace, aviation, automotive and engineering sectors.

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Observations from a CBRNe training consolidation exercise

Written by Steven Pike on 29 Jan 2019

While accidental or deliberate CBRNe incidents are still widely considered to be fairly low probability events, their impact on citizens, society and infrastructure can be immense.

If and when they do occur, the speed of response has been shown to be absolutely critical when it comes to taking charge of the scene, avoiding further contamination and saving lives.

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How CBRNe exhibitions can aid research into simulator detector systems

Written by Steven Pike on 24 Jan 2019

Intelligent simulator detector tools are used by military organisations around the world to enhance the provision of realistic Hazardous Material (HazMat) and Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNe) training exercises.

CBRNe specialists are highly-trained soldiers. They have the skills and experience to work in any environment and they have the capacity to handle a diverse variety of threats, from chemical warfare agents (CWAs) to hazardous material spills. 

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How to assess the true cost of simulators for CBRNe training

Written by Steven Pike on 21 Jan 2019

There is increasing recognition of the importance of conducting HazMat and CBRNe training for first responders in the most realistic conditions possible.

But that need for an authentic training environment isn't always best served through the use of actual detector equipment - whether due to health and safety risk, environmental considerations or the increased administrative burden of working with potentially hazardous simulants.

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