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On-Line CBRNE Training for First Responders
James B. Crippin
Director, Western Forensic Law Enforcement Training Center (WFLETC)
Pueblo, CO USA
CBRNE for First Responders, an on-line training course from the Western Forensic Law Enforcement Training Center (WFLETC), provides a thorough overview of CBRNE hazards. Designed for all types of law enforcement and first responder personnel, this course is not meant to replace ordinary training, but to supplement such instruction with information that would take weeks of lectures to complete.
Joint Civil and DoD CBRN Symposium to Join Military and Civilian Experts
Luis G. Hernandez
Senior Partner | Director, Government Relations
Defense Strategies Institute (DSI)
New York, NY (USA)
Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) is sponsoring a Joint Civil and DoD CBRN Symposium on March 12 – 13, 2013 in Alexandria VA (USA). The theme of this year's symposium is “Advancing CBRN Response, Defense & Technology Readiness”. Confirmed speakers include leading members of defense and homeland security agencies, the U.S. military, and private industry.
Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB)
Larry Mahana, RN, ASN, BA, MA
Approved Instructor for IRTB, New Mexico Tech (NMT), Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (ERMTC)
Phoenix Homeland Defense Bureau, CERT Group-Type III Responder
USAF Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, AZ WG, Sqdn 304, Captain
Recently, I read an article written by a Marine who served in Afghanistan about the lack of information regarding terrorist and IED profiling. “Why did no one tell me about this?”, the Marine asks. “Who had this information and why didn’t my Marines and I get it? This could have saved some of my friends”.
Defeating the Improvised Threat
Consulting Chemist, Science and Security Advisor, CBRNE Task Force
CST & CBRNE Source Book, Q1 2012, pp. 20 – 21
Copyright Tactical Defense Media Publications, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD (USA)
Homemade Explosives (HMEs) can be as simple as black powder or as complex as the “plastic” type explosives. Plastic explosives could be PETN, also known as “det” cord, RDX also known as C-4, or the mixture of these two known as SEMTEX and that’s not a complete list. Fertilizer containing nitrates is an often seen HME, but there are many others.
HazMat Response – Protective Actions and Consideration
Dusty G. Kitzmiller, CHS-III, COO at Hazard & Homeland Security Consulting Group (HHSCG)
with Phil Salinas, Lead Hazmat Instructor with HazMat Solutions
Originally Published in CBNW Magazine
Republished with Author’s Permission
There are a lot of things to consider when responding to a Hazardous Materials Release incident. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the first on-scene responder tasks and considerations. So where do we start?
We All Get A Little Crazy – Mental Health In Disasters
Sheila Sund, M.D.
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Operations Chief and Medical Officer
Blog entry from DisasterDoc
Salem, OR (USA)
Can you guess the one health problem experienced by just about everyone involved in a disaster? It's not cuts and bruises, not colds or flu, and not exposure or unsafe water. Whether victim, bystander, or responder, we are all guaranteed some degree of mental health disturbance. This isn't considered abnormal - after all, disasters are traumatic! At best, they are stressful and disruptive. At worse, they are dangerous and life-altering.
Military Suicides – Time for a National Study
Dr. Xavier Stewart, PhD, RRT, D.ACFEI, BCFM, BCFE, NR-EMT, CHS-V, F. ACFEI
Brigadier General (Ret.) (PA)
Homeland Response Force Lead, National Guard Bureau (NGB)
Arlington, VA (USA)
The goal of a national study should be to identify the risk and protective factors that affect a soldier’s psychological resilience, mental health, and potential for self-harm. In addition, the study should begin to capture the complexity of the many ways in which the research will have on public health.
Three Practical Tips to Increase Information Sharing During an Emergency
Director of Engagement Services, GovDelivery
Blog entry retrieved from FirstResponder.gov
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate
Throughout Hurricane Sandy, my power stayed on, I had water, and the windows that make up two of the four walls in my apartment did not blow in. Others were not as lucky. Given the east coast was shut down, I decided to use my time to help others. I wanted to see how I could use social media to help others prepare, respond to, and recover from the storm and then share my experiences.
Introducing the Bioweapons Monitor
Editors, Gerald Walther and Simon Whitsby
Excerpts, “About the BioWeapons Monitor” and “Introduction”, pp. 4 – 11
Copyright BioWeapons Prevention Project (BWPP), 2012. All rights reserved.
Bradford Disarmament Research Centre, University of Bradford (UK)
The BioWeapons Monitor is an initiative of the BioWeapons Prevention Project (BWPP)—a global network of civil society actors dedicated to the permanent elimination of biological weapons and of the possibility of their re-emergence—to help monitor compliance with the international norm prohibiting biological weapons, laid down chiefly in the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
Bioweapons and BTWC Conventions (Part 2)
Ajey Lele and Gunjan Singh
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)
IDSA Occasional Paper No. 28
New Delhi, India
Copyright, IDSA (September 2012)
The arms control and disarmament debate focuses mostly on the external threats to states. In the rapidly globalizing world of the 21st century, however, the multiplicities of threats to security are expanding from the state-centric to the non-state centric.
Dräger Thermal Imaging Webinar Now Available On Demand
Pittsburgh, PA (USA) – Draeger Safety Inc. is pleased to announce that “Expect more from your thermal imaging camera,” an informative and educational webinar that debuted in November 2012, is now available on-demand with free registration. Firefighters of all levels who are interested in watching this educational and informative webinar can click here to register.
SRI Named VA-Verified SDVOSB
Albany, NY (USA) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) has verified that Strategic Response Initiatives (SRI) is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB). SRI’s latest SDVOSB verification is valid for two years and strengthens the New York State LLC’s federal contracting opportunities.
Buy ONESuit® Flash Level A Hazmat Suits at Discounted Prices
Albany, NY (USA) – St. Gobain OneSuit® Level A chemical suits provide the highest level of protection against chemical agents such as Sarin, the deadly nerve gas that U.S. intelligence believes is part of Syria’s arsenal of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Responders can now buy these NFPA 1991 certified chemical suits at a fraction of the original price.
AIHA Announces AIHce 2013 – May 18 to 23, Montreal, Canada
Join thousands of industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals for AIHce 2013 in Montreal, Canada. For the 74th year, this “must-attend” event will again provide quality educational sessions, innovative presentations, a bustling Expo and plentiful networking opportunities.
IB Consultancy Announces NCT: CBRNE Israel 2013 – June 4 to 6, Tel Aviv, Israel
YFollowing in the footsteps of our highly successful NCT: CBRNe Asia 2012 conference, exhibition and CBRN demonstration, NCT: CBRNe Israel 2013, will bring together experts, end users, policy makers, industry and procurement staff to discuss this most important threat to Israeli and international cities, infrastructure and people. The event takes place concurrently with ISDEF 2013.