The Hotzone Solutions CBRN team of instructors, together with our partners in The Netherlands, delivered four weeks of an advanced training course on CBRNe response for a group of officers of our client from the 09th of May to the 03rd of June. This course was part of a three-month-long advanced course on CBRNe matters.
The first two weeks course was conducted in the National CBRN Training Center (NTC) in Vught. It was delivered with a focus on CBRN operational and forensic reconnaissance, Sampling, and Identification of Biological, Chemical, and Radiological Agents (SIBCRA) as well as CBRN general decontamination on a contamination control station. These first two weeks were based on previous basic training on detection and sampling techniques (with sampling on various situations and from different surfaces).
To perform their SIBCRA sampling task safely and successfully, the participants further practised making a sampling plan and creating a team capable of conducting such missions and operations under hazardous conditions, bearing in mind the contamination control and different CBRN sampling techniques.
Later, one additional training week was delivered in the NTC in Vught, focusing on practical scenarios with situations involving multiple casualties in need of rescue and medical support where coordination between the CBRN/HazMat team, the medical team on-site, the site commander, and the hospital in lack of CBRN support was practised and successfully addressed. Also, later, additional two weeks of Crisis management were delivered on the premises of Hotzone Solutions.
During the third week at the Reactor Institute Delft (RID) within the Delft Technical University (TU), the officers practised detection and determination of radiation characteristics of unknown and non-marked transportation packages, elemental gamma spectrometry, and response to transportation of radioactive materiel incident risk assessment. Also, at the end of the week, at the Munition Technical Museum (MTM), Landhorst, the participants went through military and improvised delivery means of CBRN agents with an extensive review of different examples in actual size as well as response to a suspicious package on the airport.
The last week at the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), experts of REASeuro, Riel, the main focus with presentations and scenarios was on operational and forensic response to mixed CBR – EOD threats and coordination between CBRN/HazMat unit and EOD experts and scene commander. The focus of exercises was on recognizing the hybrid CBRN/EOD threat during the initial recce, collecting information from complex scenes of CBR/EOD-related incidents, including detection of agents, identifying the type of dispersal/explosive devices, establishing agent and explosive safety zone, providing a briefing to or receiving a briefing from EOD specialist and making a joint response in coordination with the site commander.
At the MTM museum in Landhorst
Hotzone Solutions group’s vision is to create a CBRN centre of excellence. An academy uniting and training various branches of the public servant in operational and medical phases, this vision will enable our mission to support first responders to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from the full spectrum of CBRNE threats and provide CBRNE environmental protection and remediation solutions. We do that by providing realistic, practical solutions wherever possible. All of our solutions are tailored and adapted to meet your needs and requirements; with our client’s input.
Hotzone Solutions aims to be the world’s most practice-oriented and realistic CBRNE training provider and consultant service.