CBRN / HazMat Training Blog

7 essential features to look for in HazMat safety training simulators

Written by Steven Pike on 20 Oct 2017

An essential requirement of every CBRNe and HazMat responder is to be able to provide rapid, safe and effective response in the event of a civil or military emergency.  And critical to that preparedness is the creation of Real Experience Training scenarios which ensure personnel can demonstrate their proficiency in handling any situation with confidence and control.

The ever expanding array of fielded detection systems has generated a critical need for versatile new platforms that deliver the highest possible standards in training. As such, hazardous material detector simulators have a vital role to play in creating realistic CBRNe and HazMat safety training exercises that are scalable, versatile, repeatable and, above all else, safe.

In this blog post we explore 7 key factors to keep in mind when sourcing simulator detectors for your training scenarios.


Marriage of SAAB Training Systems Gamer and Argon’s CBRN PlumeSIM

Written by Steven Pike on 17 Sep 2017

SAAB Training Systems Gamer and Argon’s CBRN PlumeSIM v2

Live training systems such as SAAB’s Gamer have been in use by many organisations worldwide for a number of years to deliver effective training in a Live environment. Support for CBRN, however has been minimal, and in general has not extended beyond monitoring if the respirator has been donned.

Argon Electronics and SAAB Training Systems have cooperated to address this limitation by implementing an integration between Argons’ PlumeSIM Live CBRN training system and SAABs’ Gamer system.

This effort has resulted in the ability to generate CBRN threats within PlumeSIM that are reflected within the Gamer EXCON in real time. PlumeSIM also provided integration with Argons’ extensive range of Radiological and Chemical Warfare training simulators and their associated After Action Review capability.


What are the key outcomes of effective CBRN and HazMat training?

Written by Steven Pike on 23 Aug 2017

One of the ongoing challenges for CBRN and HazMat training instructors is the creation of realistic, sophisticated and engaging operational scenarios that give emergency crews and first responders hands-on, real-time experience of a range of potential CBRN incidents.

And while historically chemical warfare agent (CWA) training was more likely to have been carried out in private, specialist training areas such as a military base, for first responders there is an increased need for life-like CBRN or HazMat scenarios that can take place in civilian settings.

Simulation training, incorporating the use of simulator detectors, provides one crucial piece of the puzzle, utilising cutting-edge, computer-based simulator technology to replicate how actual devices will react when exposed to a range of invisible or near invisible chemical agents.

The use of electronic simulators provides the opportunity for trainees to become confident and proficient in the handling, reading and interpretation of their devices.


Avoiding industrial accidents – why compliance is important

Written by Steven Pike on 20 Dec 2016

Major technological or industrial accidents are thankfully relatively rare. However, when an incident does occur it can have devastating consequences.

Just recently, a factory worker died following an accident in a Northampton factory where ammonia leaked into the air. He inhaled the colourless gas that was used as refrigerant to cool down the site and production process, resulting in deadly burns and swellings in his airways. 22 more people, including brewery workers, firefighters and Police Officers, had to be treated in hospital.


Crossing the channel: Argon attend SIM OPS Conference in France

Written by Argon Electronics on 16 Apr 2014


Last month we were delighted to attend the first SIM OPS (le forum de la simulation operationnelle) conference and exhibition at EDS (écoles militaries de Saumur) in the Loire Valley, France. Exhibiting with our French representatives, APVL ingenerie, who did a great job in making the arrangements, we were hosted on site by CDNBC (centre de défense nucléaire biologique et chimique).


A look back at Defexpo 2014, India

Written by Argon Electronics on 28 Feb 2014

Earlier this month, we said namaste to Defexpo India 2014. This year was the fourth time we’ve taken part in the event that covers land, naval and internal homeland security systems. We’ve taken part in other events in the region before, and supplied equipment to the College of Military Engineering based at Pune, India, but it was great to return to the sheer scale of a full military exhibition. Argon were part of the stand representing UK solutions providers, which was manned in part by our Sales Manager, Patrick Hickmott.


Thinking the unthinkable - How to respond to a CBRN attack

Written by Argon Electronics on 22 Oct 2013

How do you train your response teams to tackle a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) attack on London without endangering public safety or causing a panic?  Moreover, how do you create a realistic scenario where the trainees don’t know what to expect, reflecting the truth that responders don’t always know what they’re looking for in a real life situation?


Delhi detectives set to combat CBRN threat

Written by Argon Electronics on 05 Aug 2013

Police not only combat criminals on Delhi’s streets. They are now being trained to deal with threats to security from Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) agents.


The UK and Japan sign defence equipment and security agreement

Written by Argon Electronics on 19 Jul 2013

We were delighted to hear about the recent defence agreement signed between the UK and Japan that will safeguard a framework of collaboration for research, development and production of defence equipment. The agreement, the first of its kind internationally, will focus on defence, including the CBRN defence industry, and will bring together expertise, skills and knowledge within the defence industries.


Fake bomb detectors highlight global safety concerns

Written by Argon Electronics on 17 May 2013

The global military market spent more than $1.6 trillion during 2012.  For the most part such spending is carefully regulated and purchases are stringently vetted to ensure compliance with vital safety legislation.  However, we were horrified to hear the recent news about the ‘golf ball detectors’ that have been sold around the world as fully operative bomb detectors.  What made this story even more worrying was the news that these had been sold to countries such as Iraq, Thailand and Romania to name just a few.