CBRN / HazMat Training Blog

British Army Fuchs 1 Returns to Frontline Service

Written by Steven Pike on 02 May 2024

The UK fleet of TPz Fuchs 1 vehicles procured hastily for CBRN reconnaissance duty in the first Gulf War has survived a number of defence cuts and has returned to service following an extensive capability regeneration and enhancement programme.


Operation Tomodachi: CBRN Interoperability and Joint Training

Written by Steven Pike on 04 April 2024

The US response to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster provided valuable lessons for the US military and its allies in creating a radiological detection and analysis capability that can offer real-time shared situational awareness.  


Create engaging first responder radiation training scenarios

Written by Steven Pike on 13 December 2022

"Nothing can compare with realistic training in the fire and rescue service."

- Ross Smallcombe, Firefighter


CBRN Training Tools: How to Compare the Latest Technology

Written by Steven Pike on 25 March 2022


How to achieve powerful learning outcomes with CBRN simulator training

Written by Steven Pike on 22 September 2021

Chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incidents, by their very nature, are deliberate and malicious acts designed to invoke harm or fear through an intentional attack or threat. 

While such events remain thankfully rare, when they do occur there is the vital need for a robust and decisive response.


What are the most pressing challenges for the global CBRN community?

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 09 February 2021

The continued development of chemical and biological weapons, the re-emergence of Novichok nerve agents and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are all placing unprecedented pressure on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response capability worldwide.


Enhancing the simulation of real-life CBRN threats

Written by Steven Pike on 17 November 2020

Effective chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat detection relies on ensuring that response personnel are fully confident in the use of their operational equipment before they step foot into a real-life hazardous situation.

While essential knowledge can of course be gradually acquired through exposure to live incidents, the ability to handle vital CBRN detection equipment, and to interpret the readings that are obtained, is not something that can simply be 'picked up on the job.'


How simulators are aiding the UK's counter-CBRN capabilities

Written by Steven Pike on 10 November 2020

Preparing for the possibility of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) attack on British soil is something that has taken a back seat over the last couple of decades, with the UK's military efforts being largely focused on CBRN concerns in the Arab Gulf and Syria.

But as David Oliver outlined in an article for the Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Warfare magazine CBNW earlier this year, that focus had to be rapidly redirected in March 2018 in response to the Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Wiltshire.


How has COVID-19 impacted the delivery of military CBRN training?

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 25 August 2020

As the world continues to grapple with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, discussion has inevitably turned to the threat to global military capability, both in the short-term and further down the line.

In the first few weeks of the pandemic, we saw the scaling back, the postponement and the temporary suspension of a number of military operations - including the cancellation of joint exercises, a reduction in provision of basic training and the repositioning of troops into a larger number of smaller bases.


The value of live demonstrations in countering emerging CBRN threats

Written by Steven Pike on 16 June 2020

Military organisations worldwide face the ongoing challenge of training against a multitude of emerging, complex and increasingly unpredictable chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats.

Effective and cohesive CBRN response relies on substantial planning and preparation that takes into account the wide variety of detection, response and recovery phases of an incident.