The CBRN Warning and Reporting – Manual Procedures course was organized by the Joint CBRN Defence COE at the CBRN Battalion in Rožňava, Slovakia from 05 to 09 February 2018.
The course was opened by Commander CBRN Battalion LTC Oliver Toderiška, who appreciated the JCBRN Defence COE participation in preparation of the Slovak CBRN Warning and Reporting specialists to intensify their knowledge and awareness in the area of NATO CBRN Warning and Reporting system. Eighteen participants from Slovak CBRN Defence units, Slovak Land Forces, Air Forces and Special Forces attended this course.
The course aim was to train qualified personnel in warning, reporting and hazard prediction of CBRN incidents, to apply the manual operational procedures in the NATO CBRN warning and reporting system and to exercise them in the use of these procedures in order to enhance their professionalism.
The course was divided into five specific blocks (based on learning objectives), starting with a theoretical part following by a practical part and an exercise. The first day was focused on the introduction of the CBRN Warning and Reporting system in accordance with ATP-45 (E), the impact of the meteorological situation and the terrain on CBRN operations, followed by a practical exercise on how to prepare a chemical downwind message (CDM). NATO CBRN relevant documents, references and the CBRN Comprehensive database were mentioned as well. The second day was dedicated to the chemical weapon hazard prediction (simplified and detailed procedures, and recalculation of the chemical hazard prediction). The third day was focused on the biological hazard prediction, the next day on the nuclear hazard prediction and the last day on the radiological hazard prediction. At the end students were introduced with general information on the CBRN Analysis and Hazard Prediction Assessment Capability (HPAC) software and involved in a discussion about ATP-45 gaps and ATP-45 (F) development.
Based on the discussion with students, the course successfully met the learning objectives, and the students expressed their satisfaction being involved in the process of practically and realistically solving the particular exercises focused on chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological hazard prediction. Please see our Centre’s Training Portal for additional information about further courses organized by the Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence.
Text: LTC Jiří CHRÁSTEK, (CZE A)
Photo: WO Petr MOHNACS, WO Marek NĚMEC (CZE A)