Results from CBRNE Workshop

We had a very successful workshop last week and have been reviewing our notes and recordings to determine what we need to do to improve what we have. We greatly benefited from participants from the UK CBRN Police Training Centre, the US Army CBRN Training Center, Dr. Amlot, Department of National Defence, Emergency Management BC, Montreal Police, Vancouver Fire & Rescue, RCMP, Fire Commissioner's Office, BC Ambulance, Provincial Health Services and BC Ministry of Health, Health Canada, Defence Research & Development, BC Disaster Psychosocial Services, F.A.S.T., BC Coalition of Persons with Disabilities and the many panel participants that engaged so openly with us.

Key factors to address in the next version include:

1. Tightening up the language of the "scripts" for those first responders leading the decontamination - making it simpler, fewer words and more action oriented.
2. Included a "stepped" approach - if you have no Self-Care Decon bags, what can you do? If you have the bags, then what you can do. Thus, following the UK IOR Model for decontamination.
3. Modifying some of the elements of the kits (e.g., switching from a black bag to a clear bag, including two types of wipes to remove the stickiness from the Sudecon wipes)

Work has started on these changes and we keep you informed.

Cheers
Laurie

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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