CBRN / HazMat Training Blog

7 Most Effective Radiation Hazards Simulators

Written by Steven Pike on 04-Mar-2022 10:58:00

When planning a radiation hazard training scenario, instructors have traditionally opted for real sources in order to enable students practice with the instruments they will actually use. While this is certainly effective for training, it does pose significant disadvantages. Cost, regulatory requirements, procurement, end of life disposal , and time constraints will all need to be considered when organising training utilising real sources.

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5 Ways Index Cards May Be Inhibiting Your First Responder Training

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 25-Feb-2022 12:35:42

If you’re a first responder, you have probably undergone training with index cards at some point in your career. This tried-and-tested method helps trainers provide information to downrange operators that should initiate a response or action from those operators. 

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Running A Safe, Cost-Effective, and Efficient Radiation Training Simulation

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 01-Feb-2022 15:54:04



On the surface, radiation training can seem somewhat straightforward: teach students how to properly and safely respond to situations involving radiation. However, as many CBRNe instructors know, it’s not that simple. 

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The benefits of including CBRNe simulation in Combined Arms Training

Written by Steven Pike on 12-Nov-2021 09:15:00

Image source: SAAB Training and Simulation

Modern warfare involving the infantry has shifted towards artillery and CBRN. The following 100 years of conflict will likely see weapons of mass destruction (WMD) playing centre stage. Military units must continue adapting to this threat and train for CBRN usage in a wide range of military operations.

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Solving the puzzle: The HazMat Guys use Argon’s sims in an escape room

Written by Steven Pike on 15-Oct-2021 09:00:00

Bryan Sommers, Argon Electronics’ North American Business Development Manager, first met the HazMat Guys in early 2021. He was invited onto their podcast to discuss HazMat training and to listen to their feedback on the demonstration he provided for two of Argon’s latest radiation simulation technologies—the RadEye Sim and the RadSIM GS4 gamma radiation source.

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CBRN Defence Science Course at Cranfield University from 11–22 October

Written by Steven Pike on 08-Oct-2021 16:15:00

Cranfield University is the Academic Provider to the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. 

It is currently offering a course in CBRN Defence Science, which is the only one of its kind in the UK. Students will learn about Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) defence from leading academics and military experts at state-of-the-art facilities. 

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A guide to the UK Emergency Services Show 2021

Written by Steven Pike on 31-Aug-2021 13:00:00

The UK’s leading event for emergency services personnel, the Emergency Services Show, will take place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC)  on the 7th and 8th of September 2021. 

This year’s live event will include a specially curated seminar programme together with an exhibition of the latest technologies, services and training systems available to the emergency services sector.

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4 ways simulator technology can aid CBRN training

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 31-Aug-2020 13:00:00

A commitment to ongoing education and training is hugely important in ensuring that military personnel are prepared and equipped for the full spectrum of combat operations that they may encounter.

The U.S. Marine Corps' individual training standards focus on marines' competence in recognizing CBRN-related incidents and in taking the required protective measures to achieve their mission objectives.

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How important is simulator detector technology for CERFP responders?

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 20-Aug-2020 13:00:00

Since 2004, the US National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNe) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) has been an indispensable tool in helping to protect people, property and infrastructure from the effects of hazardous materials incidents.

A crucial strength of the CERFP initiative is the way in which it has enabled the country's existing national guard units to seamlessly integrate with civilian emergency response teams at both federal and local level.

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The rise of hyper-realistic simulation-based CBRNe training

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 05-Aug-2020 13:00:00

Simulator detector technology offers substantial and tangible benefits across all stages and levels of CBRNe training - whether it is being used to train new operators, to provide more experienced personnel with the opportunity to refresh their skills, or as a way to trial or familiarize with new equipment.

The rise in the popularity of simulation training over the past several decades has been aided in no small part by significant advancements in the technology and processing power that underpins it.

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