The UK Police National Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (CBRN) centre at Ryton deployed a range of Argon simulators to support a major chemical terrorism exercise.
Staged at the ICC Convention centre in Birmingham on August 15, 2013, the simulation was funded by the European Union as part of a project to provide a means of analysing how members of the public react in times of emergency.
The exercise provided an opportunity to exercise and evaluate the co-ordinated response of the emergency services to a CBRN-related incident.
Argon simulators were provided to the Multi-Agency Incident Assessment Teams (MAIAT), with simulation sources deployed at strategic locations within the auditorium and on “contaminated” individuals by the Ryton staff. Chemical warfare detector simulators used by the MAIAT team then responded accordingly, permitting on Scene Commanders to receive important information to inform their decisions.
The extensive multi-agency chemical terrorism exercise incorporated command post setup, initial search and rescue and decontamination of casualties and included numerous participants acting as “victims”, many of whom had little briefing on what to expect in order to enhance the realism of their reactions. This enabled the Multi Agency Response to hone their skills and identify any areas that may help further improve the efficiency of their response to such an incident.
Argon Electronics was established in 1987 and has since become a leader in the development and manufacture of hazardous material detector simulators, most notably in the fields of CRBN defence. Its simulators have applications from civil response to unconventional terrorism and accidental release, and international treaty verification, with a growing presence in the nuclear energy generation and education markets.