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6 questions to ask before upgrading your CWA training equipment

Written by Steven Pike on 13 Jun 2018

The risk of a deliberate or unintentional hazardous material or radiological release is an acute and all too real challenge for military and civil emergency response teams across the globe.

In most cases the responsibility for effective handling of such events lies in the hands of individual national, regional and local government agencies who must develop their own chemical warfare agent (CWA) training procedures in order to be able to effectively respond to any threat.

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A guide to 6 simulator detectors for use in realistic CWA training

Written by Steven Pike on 17 May 2018

Electronic simulator detectors can be used in a wide range of chemical warfare agent (CWA) exercises to create realistic, hands-on training experiences for police, first responders and the military.

Unlike other traditional forms of CWA training that may rely on the use of live agents or simulants, simulator detectors and their electronic sources offer the advantage of offering compete safety for trainees, their instructors, the environment and the general public. 

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How to create realistic and safe HazMat training scenarios

Written by Steven Pike on 28 Mar 2018

For those tasked with HazMat safety instruction, the desire to implement realistic, efficient and cost-effective scenarios always needs to carefully balanced against ensuring the highest levels of safety.

As we have explored in previous blog posts, HazMat safety training can range from the simplest of “make-believe” exercises through to what is widely considered the pinnacle of live-incident training - Live Agent Training (LAT).

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Training first responders for the challenges of nerve agent attacks

Written by Steven Pike on 15 Mar 2018

As the recent Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA) attack in Salisbury, United Kingdom, has demonstrated all too clearly, the deliberate use of toxic substances as a weapon of terror, presents a risk not only to the intended victim or victims but to the public at large and to the specially trained hazmat safety teams charged with responding to the incident.

The challenge for first responders in such scenarios is to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a deliberate act of chemical warfare, to neutralize and dispose of the threat and to make the area safe - a process that requires balancing with the need to preserve evidence.

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The vital role of personal dosimeters in radiation safety training

Written by Steven Pike on 15 Nov 2017

A key objective of radiation safety training emergency preparedness is the ability for military personnel and first responders to be able to identify, evaluate and react to a wide spectrum of potentially hazardous events.For those tasked with handling the unique challenges of radiological incidents, the importance of maintaining personal safety is paramount.

Radiation is an invisible force that is constantly around us. It takes the form of natural radiation (such as radioactive radon gases, terrestrial gamma radiation or cosmic radiation) and is also a by-product of man-made radioactive materials (as a result of medical radiotherapy procedures, occupational radiation exposure or radioactive discharges) some of which can be immensely powerful.

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10 chemical warfare agent training scenarios

Written by Steven Pike on 06 Jul 2017

Modern chemical warfare agent (CWA) training for unconventional threats requires a variety of scenarios that can relate to different incident types; both indoor and outdoor, meaning CBRNe operatives need to be prepared for any situation.

This poses a challenge for instructors delivering training; the need for it be more realistic and more flexible is paramount.

Simulation training offers a real, workable solution that allows students to experience the characteristics of live agent training in real-world scenarios, in a completely controlled setting. Sources can be easily hidden in any location, and emission levels can be varied to adapt the exercises.

The opportunities for training scenarios are endless. In this post we highlight ten examples you could use in your CWA training usin CBRN detector simulators and electronic simulation sources.

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7 reasons to use simulators for CBRN training

Written by Steven Pike on 14 Jun 2017

Historically, CBRN training has been confined to specialist, controlled areas, usually on a military base and the training scenarios employed involved the use of simulant agents that were dispensed manually, in restricted quantities. These factors often limited the range and effectiveness of training CBRN instructors were able to deliver.

With terrorist-related incidents being the primary threat for which today's CBRN schools train, the need for more flexible, real-world training scenarios has never been greater.

Simulated detector technology offers an opportunity for students to experience all the characteristics of live agent training in a completely controlled setting. There are also many advantages for the trainer, including full control over the scenario and the ability to carry out the exercises in almost any environment, inside or outside and in real-world settings.

In this post we explore seven of the real benefits you and your students can obtain from using simulated detectors in your CBRN training

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