CBRN / HazMat Training Blog

How radiation simulators can aid transportation emergency preparedness

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 26-Jan-2021 13:00:00

Building confidence and familiarity with key radiological terminology and instrumentation is a vital aspect of emergency management preparedness.

As part of its commitment to enhancing transportation incident response, the US Department of Energy has developed the Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP) which offers a simple, practical and responder-friendly approach to the complex subject of radiation.


The new technologies protecting against CWA exposure on the battlefield

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 19-Jan-2021 13:00:00

Maintaining combat readiness is a vital requirement for military personnel who are deployed to potentially environments where there is risk of exposure to chemical warfare agents (CWAs) or toxic industrial chemicals (TICs).

The development, production and use of chemical weapons continues to remain a significant global concern, due in no small part to the wide availability of the active substances that are used to create them and the relative ease with which the methods or recipes for CWA production can be obtained and shared online.


Simulator training: preparing radiation personnel for real-world events

Written by Steven Pike

The successful detection, identification and mitigation of radioactive threats relies on having access to the right equipment, knowing which equipment to select in which environment and being able to interpret the readings that are obtained.

In situations where there is a known presence of radioactive materials, the primary objective will be to monitor and measure in order to improve awareness - whether to establish the strength of the radioactive field, to define the boundaries of the radioactive area or to monitor the spread of contamination.


How COVID-19 is reshaping the approach to emergency response training

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 05-Jan-2021 13:00:00

Realistic hands-on training is perhaps one of the most proactive steps that can ensure emergency response personnel are equipped to counter the challenges of hazardous materials and CBRN incidents.

The events of the past twelve months however have been quite unlike anything ever experienced before, with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic placing unprecedented pressure on training budgets and on the way in which programs of instruction are delivered.


Are first responders sufficiently prepared for radiological incidents?

Written by Steven Pike on 29-Dec-2020 13:00:00

Major incidents involving ionising radiation are thankfully rare, but this can mean that many firefighters or first responders may have little or no first-hand experience of handling the challenges  of a real-life radiological emergency.

While the prospect of attending the aftermath of a deliberate radiological act such as the detonation of a “dirty bomb” is highly unlikely day-to-day, there are other less obvious examples of radiological hazards that may be overlooked in the course of attending what appears to be a routine event. 


Multi-gas simulation offers safety boost for confined space personnel

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 22-Dec-2020 13:00:00

According to statistics released by the US Bureau of Labor, more than 2 million workers enter a permit required confined space environment every year for the purposes of routine maintenance, repairs, or inspections.


What are the mental health effects of CBRN emergency response?

Written by Steven Pike on 15-Dec-2020 13:00:00

The uncontrolled and unpredictable nature of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents can place a substantial strain on the psychological and physical health of those tasked with emergency first response.

While the importance of wellbeing in the workplace is a subject that has gained increasing momentum in the UK in response to rising mental health issues within the wider labour market, it is only recently that the mental health needs of first responders have started to receive more attention.


How can simulator detector systems benefit military CWA instruction?

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 08-Dec-2020 13:00:00

Regular and rigorous training has a hugely important role to play in ensuring that military personnel acquire the essential knowledge, experience and practical skills that their demanding roles require.

The invisible and intangible nature of many chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats however can make them especially challenging to train for, and especially so when it comes to the conducting of effective chemical agent detection.


Could micro reactors be the answer to the carbon-emissions crisis?

Written by Steven Pike on 01-Dec-2020 13:00:00

Seventy years ago, electricity was generated by a nuclear reactor for the very first time at the EBR-I experimental station on the outskirts of Idaho, USA.

Three years later, in Obninsk Russia, a nuclear power station would go on to produce the world's first ever electricity for a power grid.

Through the 1960s and 70s many more nuclear reactors were constructed all over the world, with many countries envisioning a future of cheap and emission-free electricity.


Addressing new and emerging challenges in nuclear emergency response

Written by Steven Pike on 24-Nov-2020 13:00:00

Radioactivity and natural sources of radiation are ever-present features in our environment, with radioactive substances playing an invaluable role in the development of global medicine, industry and agriculture.

The risk that exposure to radiation can pose to workers and the wider public however is something that must be continuously monitored and managed.