CBRNE Workshop - January 13/14 2014

Our CBRNE Workshop started today and we are so pleased and honoured to have such distinguished researchers and experts from the UK, the US and across Canada attending. A key purpose of the workshop is to identify how our protocols for Self-Care Decontamination, the kits we have developed and the associated materials can be improved. Additionally, we have this wonderful opportunity to learn from what others are doing and have done.

Personally, it has been a great start. Already, we have gained some valuable insights on how to improve what we have in place. We also received validation for many of the things we have done. The morning was spent identifying what we have accomplished to date and included a live demonstration led by RCMP Crpl. Lalonde. This afternoon we were able to hear directly from some the participants from our March 2013 drill, those with disabilities and representing at-risk populations. We all learned a lot from their experiences and hearing their perspectives really identified just how complex some of these issues can be to deal with.

We also had some very interesting presentations by researcher Dr. Richard Amlot from Public Health England and Sgt. Norm Ellis from the UK Police CBRNE Training Centre, and Deputy Director Pete Schulze and Bill Lake from the US Military CBRN School.

I am looking forward to Tuesday to see how we can benefit from the presentations from the RCMP re: police identification and evidence gathering and from Montreal Police re: extreme weather decontamination protocols. The day will end with discussions on how to move forward with what we have in place.

Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make the workshop a success and to those who have travelled so far to share their experiences with us.

Cheers
Laurie

Laurie Pearce
Research Chair, JIBC

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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