CBRN / HazMat Training Blog

How simulations and simulator training have amplified CBRNe capability

Written by Steven Pike on 15 Apr 2020

The use of simulations or 'war games' to exercise military strategic planning and to enhance operational readiness is a practice that has been in existence for many hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

The earliest documented records of war gaming can be traced back as far as the ancient Greeks in the 5th century BC, who are known to have played a skill-based board game called petteia or 'pebbles'.


How digital tech is helping the CBRN sector navigate COVID-19

Written by Steven Pike on 07 Apr 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate, it is creating an unprecedented level of disruption around the world, both in terms of its devastating impact on human life and its repercussions for the global economy.

In the midst of government lockdowns, enforced business closures and social distancing restrictions, public and private organisations have been forced to review their processes and look for innovative new ways to ensure they remain 'open for business.'


The importance of collaboration in countering CBRNe threats

Written by Steven Pike on 31 Mar 2020

In what is a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging global environment, the importance of maintaining international cooperation in countering CBRNe threats has never been more crucial.

The successful management of any form of cross-border hazard - be it biological, chemical, nuclear or otherwise - relies on targeted, sustained and collaborative action.


How is COVID-19 impacting EMS response?

Written by Steven Pike on 24 Mar 2020

Resilience and preparedness are at the heart of effective emergency response - and they are qualities that look set to prove increasingly important as the global CBRNe and HazMat community contends with the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19.

As the far-reaching impacts of the pandemic dominate the world news, more and more people are being asked to work remotely in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.


SRP Annual Conference explores radiation protection challenges

Written by Steven Pike on 17 Mar 2020


The introduction of new radiation safety standards, combined with the as yet unknown outcome of Brexit, have contributed to a plethora of challenges that are likely to impact those operating within the radiation protection (RP) community for many years to come.

The quest to find practical solutions to these many issues will provide a central focus for the upcoming Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) Annual Conference, which is scheduled to take place at the Bournemouth International Centre, UK, from April 28th to April 30th 2020.


What to expect at CBRNe Summit Europe 2020

Written by Steven Pike

Note: This event has now been postponed until 23rd - 25th June 2020.

With many major cities across Europe falling victim to critical incidents in recent years, the threat of terrorism remains a high priority.

With this in mind, the upcoming 7th annual CBRNe Summit Europe Conference and Exhibition, which returns to Brno in the Czech Republic from 23rd - 25th June 2020, promises an invaluable opportunity to explore European CBRNe preparedness and capability.


How Virtual Reality and real-world tech can aid CBRNe training

Written by Steven Pike on 26 Feb 2020

Hands-on training in realistic environments is a cornerstone of CBRNe disaster preparedness, whether for the purpose of military exercises, first response or civilian operations.

The quality, frequency and consistency of CBRNe training has a substantial part to play in how easily personnel are able to acquire both the theory and the practice - and in how effectively they are able to continue to apply that knowledge in the long-term.


A visitor's guide to the Security & Policing exhibition 2020

Written by Steven Pike on 28 Jan 2020

The UK's leading annual Security and Policing event will be taking place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre this March 3rd to March 5th 2020.

Hosted by the Home Office's Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), the Security & Policing exhibition is the only 'closed' event of its kind and, as such, is widely regarded as being a cornerstone of the UK security calendar.


Assessing the scope of radiological training for emergency response

Written by Steven Pike on 21 Jan 2020

For those who work in, or in the vicinity of, environments where known quantities of ionizing radiation are in regular use, radiological surveying is a routine task.

As a result they are likely to have a heightened familiarity both with the functionality of the equipment they use, and with the relevance of the dosimetric data that they obtain.

For those working within an emergency management or first response role, however, the possibility of encountering an ionising radiation hazard in the course of their daily duties is far less common.


A guide to radiation safety training terminology for first responders

Written by Steven Pike on 14 Jan 2020

All emergency situations present some element of risk for first responders - however an incident can be further complicated by the presence of ionising radiation.

In some scenarios, having familiarity with the different locations where radioactivity is used can provide responders with some forewarning of the hazard that they are about to encounter - for example, in the case of a vehicular accident involving the transportation of a radiological source, or an incident that takes place within a hospital's nuclear pharmacy.

In other situations though, the radiological hazard may not be suspected, expected or immediately apparent.