Hotzone Solutions delivered the concluding 3 weeks block of the advanced training course on CBRN issues for officers of a CBRN unit with a final week of live Chemical Weapon (CW) agent training carried out at the Core CBRN Training Facility at the Hiddingen Test Center, in Germany. This course is a final part of a three-month-long advanced course on CBRNE matters.
The first week of this 3-weeks block covered presentations on organisation of live agent training with CB contaminants, site safety measures, basics of agents and quantities used, medical countermeasures, mandatory monitoring and detection, basics of levels of protection required and scenarios of site response arrangements in case of incidents.
One following week course was focusing on practical usage of detection, protection and decontamination equipment that will be used during CW live agent training week. The goal of this mandatory preparatory week was to ensure full proficiency in specific equipment that will be used during the live CW agent training week. Also, new equipment was presented and trained on, thanks to HZS partners from
- Airsense, supporting it with GDA-P, a compact portable detector, providing simultaneous detection of CWA and TICs with the integrated IMS and either an EC or a PID, and
- Metrohm, supporting it with MIRA XTR DS, the premier handheld Raman system for safe in-field identification of unknown materials
During the last week of this phase and the overall training, at the Core CBRN Training Facility at the Hiddingen Test Center, officers underwent Basic LAT training including:
- practical exercises in agent properties,
- laboratory and field detection of live agents (using sulfur mustard, lewisite, sarin and VX),
- demonstrating agent behaviour in different conditions, surfaces, and meteorological parameters,
- ending in a final “labyrinth” exercise using observation of physical properties, performing detection and identification and discovering surfaces contaminated with live CW agents versus non-contaminated or false-positive surfaces.
- Daily practice in proper donning, and doffing of protective equipment with a two-level check prior to CW agent entries and post-entry decontamination.
All exercises were completed with the safe conduct of all, with a demonstration of proficiency in using, protective, detection and decontamination equipment.