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Steven Pike

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Discover Argon's CBRN simulator training tools at FMI Industry Day

Written by Steven Pike on 28-Jul-2021 13:00:00

Representatives from Danish military defense, security, aerospace and emergency response sectors will be converging in Ballerup, Denmark, on August 26th 2021 for the Ministry of Defence Material and Procurement Agency ‘FMI Industry Day’. 

With a reputation as the country’s largest exhibition of security and defense equipment, FMI Industry Day will provide the opportunity for attendees to explore new developments in the fields of CBRN technology and emergency preparedness available from Argon.

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Using simulators to build proficiency in chemical hazard detection

Written by Steven Pike on 20-Jul-2021 13:00:00

Competency in chemical hazard monitoring and detection is a fundamental requirement for first response personnel operating within the areas of civil defense, environmental protection and the military.

Providing trainees with the opportunity to experience realistic hands-on training is vital, but it is a goal that can often be difficult to achieve in the face of strict regulatory controls and safety considerations.

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5 tools to enhance the realism of radiation training

Written by Steven Pike on 15-Jul-2021 13:00:00

The success of any radiation training scenario relies on the extent to which the instructor is able to create a compelling, hands-on and truly life-like training experience. 

But finding ways to provide realistic opportunities for students to test their understanding of their detector equipment and how it responds to actual radiological threats can often be challenging.

A common issue for many instructors is the inherently limiting nature of many forms of simpler "make-believe" training approaches.

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Equipping the nuclear sector with next-generation radiological training

Written by Steven Pike on 14-Jul-2021 13:00:00

 In order to ensure best radiological preparedness, it is important that nuclear personnel are able to train against highly realistic scenarios in relevant locations and, ideally,  while using their own operational equipment.  

One of the most common obstacles in delivering hands-on radiological instruction however, is finding a way to balance the desire for realism with the essential need for safety.

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The benefits of an app-based simulation system for CBRNe training

Written by Steven Pike

As the use of toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) in industry has become more prevalent, so too has the risk of an accidental release which could have potentially devastating consequences for human life, the environment and critical infrastructure.

At the same time too, there is the very real threat, however small, of industrial chemicals being used as weapons by a terrorist group or lone agent.

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Heightening the realism of CBRNe training with PlumeSIM

Written by Steven Pike on 23-Jun-2021 13:00:00

Providing military and civilian responders with access to realistic hands-on training is crucial in ensuring that they are able to confidently handle the challenges of a diverse range of CBRNe incidents.

A common issue for CBRNe instructors however, is how to deliver a training experience that offers the desired combination of authenticity, consistency and effectiveness. 

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Exploring the UK radiation protection landscape post-Euratom

Written by Steven Pike on 08-Jun-2021 13:00:00

The European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) was formed in 1957 with the aim of creating a specialist market for the development, distribution and sale of nuclear power within Europe. 

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Fukushima 10 years on: key lessons for radiological preparedness

Written by Steven Pike on 01-Jun-2021 13:00:00

On March 11th 2011, the biggest recorded earthquake in Japanese history triggered a tsunami off Japan's north east coast, causing devastating damage to the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and leaving approximately 20,000 dead or missing.

The aftermath of the events at Fukushima would go on to have had an indelible impact not just on the more than 150,000 people living and working in the surrounding area but also on the global approach to nuclear safety, radiation protection and disaster recovery.

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Radiological Protection: a guide to the SRP Annual Conference 2021

Written by Steven Pike on 25-May-2021 13:00:00

The past decade has seen the UK radiation protection community facing a diverse range of opportunities and challenges, fueled in no small part by developments in science and technology, the implications of the 2013 EURATOM Basic Safety Standards and ongoing study into the nature and scale of radiological risk. 

The Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) will address these topics and more over the course of its highly-anticipated annual conference which is scheduled to take place in Bournemouth, UK, from July 5th to 8th 2021.

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Delivering realistic chemical hazard training with the LCD3.3 / M4A1 JCAD SIM

Written by Steven Pike on 18-May-2021 13:00:00

One of the most common challenges that CBRNe and HazMat instructors face in delivering hands-on chemical hazard training is the extensive time that it can take to plan, set up and oversee their scenarios.  

Even once an exercise is up and running, the practical demands of keeping tabs on every detail and delivering vital information to students via verbal or written cues, can leave precious little time for observing trainees’ actions and responses.

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