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As the potential for terrorist and non-terrorist CBRNE events increase there is an identified need to develop evidence-informed, practical tools and guidelines for first responders and for those that provide psychosocial supports to them and the affected populations. The key benefit that will accrue as a result of this contract is to prompt a more considered approach of the psychosocial dimensions of CBRNE and other hazard events by senior decision makers within first response organizations. The outcome of the work to be performed is to enhance Canada’s and the international community’s capacity to respond more effectively to CBRNE and other threats. The four primary benefits will be to:

  • enhance the existing knowledge base regarding how senior decision makers and Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) personnel incorporate psychosocial considerations into strategic and tactical decisions while responding to CBRNE and other threats through:
    • the development and implementation of a web based Collaboratory for researchers from around the world to access, use and test disaster exercises (including scenarios and injects) and training materials developed through this project; and
    • the dissemination of findings at presentations at national and international conferences and in peer-reviewed and professional journals;
  • assist first responders in incorporating psychosocial considerations into existing decontamination, CBRNE and other multi-casualty incident (MCI) protocols and procedures through the use of training sessions, materials and guidebooks;
  • assist family physicians when providing trauma support for patients following CBRNE and other MCIs through the development of guidelines for psychosocial treatment; and
  • identify practical evidence-informed psychosocial interventions to reduce stress levels and enhance decision making of senior personnel working in EOCs when responding to CBRNE and other threats.

Acknowledgements

This project received funding from the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP), a federal program led by Defence Research and Development Canada, in partnership with Public Safety Canada.

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