Save the date(s) – Project Bullseye First responder workshops in 2020

To ensure a harmonization of the procedures is response to chemical and biological threats, experts and practitioners will be brought together during four workshops in 2020. The first three workshops target respectively first, second and third line practitioners. The fourth and final workshop will bring together the results of the previous workshops in a multi-agency workshop to test the draft of the procedures on their interoperability in a tabletop exercise.

The calendar for the workshops is the following:

Date Description Who? Where?
17/02/2020 –
21/02/2020
Workshop 1: 1st line practitioners Non-specialist police, emergency medical
services, fire fighters and civil protection
Poland
20/04/2020 –
24/04/2020
Workshop 2: 2nd line practitioners Military/defense and specialist police Slovakia
11/05/2020 –
15/05/2020
Workshop 3: 3rd line practitioners DVI/forensics and  laboratories Spain
14/09/2020 –
18/09/2020
Workshop 4: multi-agency workshop Selection of practitioners from all
disciplines
Belgium

If you have questions regarding the workshops or if you would like further information, please contact the coordinating team on Bullseye@ibz.fgov.be

Second Bullseye WP3 meeting (Brussels, 18-19 November 2019)

 On November 18 and 19, the second WP 3 meeting regarding the harmonization of the procedures took place at the facilities of the Belgian National Crisis Center in Brussels.

The detailed program for the First Responder workshops in 2020 was compiled. An overview of the First Responder workshop can be found here. Further, the participating consortium partners discussed the first results of the conducted questionnaire regarding procedures and equipment used by first responders in case of a chemical or biological threat.

The first results look promising and the report on the gap analysis will follow in the beginning of 2020.

Bullseye Questionnaire and Gap analysis (August – September 2019)

During the months of August and September 2019, the Bullseye Consortium partners conducted a survey in their respective home countries. The questionnaire revolved around the use of procedures and equipment by first responders in case of a chemical or biological threat. 

The results of the survey will be presented in a report on the identified gaps. The report is foreseen for publication at the beginning of 2020.

Bullseye Expert meeting (Edinburgh, 27-28 July 2019)

On June 27 and 28, an meeting for the Bullseye Project took place in Edinburgh on the premises of Fettes Police Station. It was facilitated thanks to several experts of the SMARTEU multiagency training school from UK.

The meeting was attended by a selected group of experts with a wide range of expertise in the field of ‘first response’ and chemical or biological threats and by members of the Project Steering Group.  Representatives from Europol attended the meeting via Videoconference.

The participants discussed about the concept of the required an optimal interaction between the first responders and experts during the workshops in 2020 and the methodology of the Gap Analysis.

Bullseye in NCT Magazine

Van Mechelen, I. (2019). EU Project ‘Bullseye’: Harmonized procedures for first responders after a biological or chemical terrorist attack. NCT Magazine, 2(8), pp. 14. To consult via http://nct-magazine.com/nct-magazine-october-2019/eu-project-bullseye/

Abstract:

The EU-funded Bullseye project coordinated by the National Crisis Center of Belgium aims to enhance the preparedness and response of the European emergency services to such CBRN incidents. The project is funded by the ISF Police Fund of the European Commission and will last for three years from April 2019 until March 2022. More information can be found at http://www.bullseyeproject.eu/

One of the primary goals of the Bullseye project is the harmonization of the procedures for all first respondersinvolved in a response to terrorist chemical or biological attack. The participants of the project include the local police, medical services, fire services, civil protection, the military, specialized police forces, DVI, forensics and labs. The whole process will keep in mind the interoperability of the involved agencies as well as the multiagency and the civil-military aspects. In order to enhance the learning aspect of the project and foster adequate and firm response to CBRN events explicit cooperation between NATO and the EU will also take place. The second goal of Bullseye is related to prevention, concretely the expansion of the training facilities for explosive-detection dogs (K9).

Bullseye in Be Prepared

Van Mechelen, I. (2019). Bullseye: de interventiediensten in Europa voorbereiden op een chemische of biologische terroristische aanslag. Be Prepared, 3(2), 21-23.

Abstract

In the past years, the European Union has been struck multiple times by terroristic attacks. Still fresh in memory are those of Paris, Brussels, Barcelona and Manchester. Research showed it were not solely well-organized networks – often linked to IS – plotting these attacks, but just as well lone wolves. Their goal is to make as much victims as possible and to disrupt the socio-economic life. Despite the fact, no CBRN materials are used to date in large-scale attacks on European soil, there are clues that terrorists are preparing and broadening their knowledge and capacities. The European Project Bullseye, coordinated by the Belgian National Crisis Center, aims to prepare emergency services on an attack of such character.