What are the most common HazMat threats for first responders?
How prepared do firefighters feel to handle HazMat incidents?
Written by Steven Pike on 08 Oct 2018 The unintentional release of toxic chemicals can pose a wide range of physical, health and environmental hazards. And when it comes to the storage, handling or transport of hazardous materials (HazMat), safety is paramount. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines HazMat as any substance that is […]
Non-State actors’ pursuit of CBRN weapons: From motivation to potential humanitarian consequences
Written by Steven Pike on 01 Oct 2018 From transport accidents involving hazardous compounds, to the mishandling of household chemicals, or the deliberate release of hazardous materials, fire department crews across the country need to be equipped and trained to respond to a myriad of potential HazMat events. So just how prepared do firefighters really […]
Key facts about the nature and effects of nerve agents
By Maarten S. Nieuwenhuizen, Stephanie E. Meulenbelt published on 6/7/2018 This paper discusses non-State actors’ motivation and capacity to develop and use chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) improvised weapons in attacks, as well as the possible consequences of such use. Six types of groups have been identified as potential CBRN weapons users that may […]
Chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear events: The humanitarian response framework of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Written by Steven Pike on 06 Aug 2018 The disturbing events in Amesbury, UK in which two members of the general public were exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, have once again brought into sharp focus the silent yet deadly threat of chemical warfare agents. In this blog post we provide a summary of the key […]
Preventing disease outbreaks with computational biology, how far can we go?
By Dr Gregor Malich, Robin Coupland, Steve Donnelly, Dr Johnny Nehme published on 5/7/2016 Mounting an effective international humanitarian response to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) event, especially if the response is undertaken on an ad hoc basis, would be extremely difficult and would pose many risks to the responders. The International Committee […]
Reunion dengue outbreak continues with 368 additional cases
By Portal Team published on 5/6/2018 Introduction Microorganisms are present in our daily life. While most of the time they cause minimal to no harm, they also have the potential of becoming pathogenic; triggering diseases that eventually lead to outbreaks. Critical questions in the epidemiological field are when, where, and why new microorganisms are going […]
Tight security for shipment of nuclear waste from Lucas Heights to France
By Robert Herriman on 7/6/2018 French health officials are reporting 368 additional dengue fever cases during the most recent week, bringing the outbreak total on the island of Reunion to 4292 laboratory confirmed or probable cases since the beginning of the year. Eighty-two people required hospitalization and 10 people were diagnosed with severe dengue. The average age […]
What are the challenges of decontamination of chemical warfare agents?
By Sian Powell published on 12/4/2018 A top-secret security operation to send spent radioactive fuel rods from Australia’s nuclear reactor to France for reprocessing is planned for the coming months. Potentially involving hundreds of state and federal police, the details of the transport operation will remain confidential until after the shipment arrives at La Hague, […]
Global incident and emergency management market growth to be driven by increasing threat levels
By Steven Pike published on 27/4/2018 The environmental impact of incidents involving Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs) can be long-lasting and requires meticulous and expert decontamination by chemical operations specialists. The clean-up process also takes considerable time, as has been evidenced in the case of the Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury, UK in March 2018. […]
By Louise Porter published on April 2018 The incident and emergency market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Major factors driving the growth of the market is increasing threat levels such as terrorist attacks and government spending to deal with such threats. In addition, enhanced simulation, social media along with multi-jurisdictional training […]