CBRN Emergency Medical Operations

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders play a crucial role in the early identification and effective management of incidents involving CBRN agents. Our portfolio of courses on CBRN Emergency Medical Operations are intended for EMS responders and clinicians that may respond to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive emergency.

Courses are a combination of lectures, extensive hands-on training and practical exercises. The hands-on training modules provide the emergency medical responder with the knowledge and skills to perform triage operations while in PPE and to perform decontamination of victims. The practical exercises enable responders to implement the emergency-response knowledge and skills acquired during the course.

Live agent training for EMS personnel

… a transformative experience

“If you are learning to fly, your first flight experience will always be memorable”

The Live Agent Experience is an advanced training for those who truly want to achieve operational excellence in CBRN. This course is intended for EMS personnel and clinicians who are called upon to respond to a CBRN emergency. Under the guidance of our experienced instructors, we walk you through the experience to ensure that by the end of the training you have the ability to work confidently and safely in a toxic environment.

In this course participants will get the opportunity to intimately understand the characteristics and behaviour of chemical warfare agents in field conditions. Use a variety of chemical detectors  and decontamination materials to see exactly how they perform against real toxic compounds.

If you are pursuing a career in CBRN this course is highly recommended.

HazMat with intent …

Emergency Medical Operations to HazMat and CBRN emergencies share many similarities yet there are some fundamental differences in terms of focus, method and priorities for each approach. The main difference is the intent. That is the criminal intent to deliberately release a CBRN agent to incite terror and cause physical and environmental harm. Therefore, EMS responding to a CBRN incident need to be aware of the CBRN forensic investigation that will naturally take place following the initial life-saving interventions.

The role of Biomedical sampling

In order to assess whether a person was exposed to a chemical warfare agent the analysis of biomedical samples from potentially exposed victims is required. The UN mission that investigated the August 2013 chemical attacks in the Ghouta/Syria area determined that the chemical agent Sarin was used. This was confirmed through the collection and subsequent analysis of both environmental and biomedical samples.

Biomedical samples were also instrumental in identifying and confirming the use of Novichok agents in the Salisbury incident (Skripal case) and the Amesbury incident that claimed the life of Dawn Sturgess, as well as the Navalny poisoning in Russia.

The aim of the CBRN Biomedical sampling and sample handling course is therefore designed to provide CBRN response personnel, especially those part of sampling teams and medical response teams, with the required background knowledge and skills to take biomedical samples from (potential) victims (alive and deceased) of a CBRN incident. Course participants will be able to take biomedical samples, handle, pack and transport them to respective analytical laboratories while maintaining chain of custody and fulfilling transport safety requirements.