Bringing the HEAT

Story from Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK)

The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance ( BBK ), in close cooperation with the Robert Koch Institute ( RKI ), carried out an exclusive Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) for chemical and biological weapons experts of the United Nations at the military training area of ​​the Bundeswehr in Baumholder.

A total of 17 experts nominated by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs participated in the ENTRi ( Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management ) certified course - including participants from New Zealand, China, Russia, Jordan, Romania, Mexico, South Africa, Slovenia, Australia , Tunisia, Switzerland, Philippines, Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany. The experts work for Interpol, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the RKI , the national armed forces or government-related research and development institutes. Another six participants belonged to the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network(GOARN) of the World Health Organization ( WHO ). GOARN brings together human and technical resources to rapidly identify, confirm and respond to outbreaks of international significance, and ensures that the right technical expertise and skills are in place on site, where and when they are most needed, during acute medical outbreaks.

The initial situation of the seminar was adapted to the target group and included a possible Ebola outbreak with further unclear biological and chemical hazards. The participants went through a complex scenario: Arrival at the border checkpoint in the fictitious country "Rabiatistan" assessment and fact finding jobs in various (hazardous) Village situations, training for Tactical Field Care , guidance and mine awareness, off-road driving training and car technology, assault scenarios evacuations and further training sessions were on the program.

The course was intensively observed and accompanied by employees of the RKI and the UN and will subsequently be evaluated accordingly. All participants are provided by the UN as operational experts and are available at short notice for deployment in affected areas worldwide.The participating institutions recognized the continued and urgently needed training requirements in the area of ​​" Safety and Security / HEAT" for their employees and were impressed by the extremely high quality of the seminar and the very committed role players and lecturers. A further training cooperation with the UN or with the RKI and the GOARN network will also be pursued in the future


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