Save the date(s) – Bullseye mono-trainings for first responders

To ensure a harmonization of the procedures in response to chemical and biological threats, experts and practitioners will be brought together during five monodisciplinary trainings, as well as a cross-sectoral exercise in 2022. These five monodisciplinary trainings will test out the harmonised procedures for the first-, second-, and third-line responders that have been established during the previous four workshops of WP3.

After careful evaluation of the monodisciplinary trainings and possible adaption of the harmonised procedures, a cross-sectoral exercise will be organised to ultimately bring together all disciplines to test out the procedures collectively.

The calendar for the mono-trainings and the Cross-sectoral exercise are the following:

Date Description Who? Where?
01/06/2022 –
04/06/2022
Mono-training 1: 2nd line practitioners Emergency medical services, CBRN-specialised medical services Spain
20/06/2022 –
22/06/2022
Mono-training 2: 3rd line practitioners DVI/forensics, CSI Belgium
28/06/2022 –
30/06/2022
Mono-training 3: 1st and 2nd line practitioners Fire fighters, Specialised Fire fighters (hazmat), CBRN Response Unit The Netherlands
31/08/2022 –
01/09/2022
TBC
Mono-training 4: 1st  line practitioners Police Poland
06/09/2022 –
08/09/2022
TBC
Mono-training 5: 1st and 2nd line practitioners Police, Specialised Police Unit Slovakia
19/09/2022 –
23/09/2022
TBC
Cross-sectoral exercise Practitioners from all disciplines The Netherlands

If you have questions regarding the mono-trainings, or if you would like further information, please contact the coordinating team on bullseye@nccn.fgov.be

Bullseye Multi-Agency Workshop (Antwerp, 8-11 March 2022)

From 8 to 11 March 2022 a group of 26 international CBRN-specialists and practitioners gathered in Antwerp (Belgium) for the Bullseye Multi-Agency Workshop. Non-specialist police, emergency medical services, fire fighters and civil protection, specialist police, and military/defence from Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Spain were present, as well as experts from DVI/forensics and laboratories. 

Building further upon the procedures for the first-, second-, and third-line responders that have been established during the previous three workshops in Warsaw, Bratislava and Madrid, the CBRN-specialists and practitioners worked on harmonising these procedures and develop a coherent response to a chemical or biological attack.  

Furthermore, the experts provided valuable insights from their real-life experiences with terrorism and CBRN. 

Thanks to the active and professional interaction between the participants, moderators, experts and Bullseye partners, we are confident to deliver soon the results of the workshop. 

We look forward continuing the process by testing the procedures during monodisciplinary trainings and a multidisciplinary exercise.

Bullseye Workshop for Third Line Responders (Madrid, 15-17 December 2021)

From 15 to 17 December 2021 the Bullseye consortium organised a fruitful workshop in Madrid (Spain) for a group of third line responders (CBRN-specialists from police, defence/military, DVI, forensics and laboratories).

The participants built further upon the procedures that were realised by the second line responders in Bratislava in October 2021. The procedures for the third line responders are intended for use after the first 3 hours from the start of the incident.

Thanks to the active and professional interaction between the participants, moderators, experts and Bullseye partners, we are confident to deliver soon the results of this workshop.

We look forward continuing the process of elaborating procedures in a multi-agency workshop in Belgium in the first quarter of 2022.

Bullseye Workshop for Second Line Responders (Bratislava, 27-29 October 2021)

From 27 to 29 October 2021 the Bullseye consortium organised a fruitful workshop in Bratislava (Slovakia) for a group of second line responders (CBRN-specialists from fire services, police, defence/military and special forces of police).

The participants built further upon the procedures that were realised by the first line responders in Warsaw in February 2020. The procedures for the second line responders are intended for use after the first 20 minutes up until about 3 hours after the start of the incident.

Thanks to the active and professional interaction between the participants, moderators, experts and Bullseye partners, we are confident to deliver soon the results of the workshop.

We look forward continuing the process of elaborating procedures for the third line responders (DVI, forensics and laboratories) in Madrid from 15 to 17 December 2021.

Back on track: Workshops 2, 3 and 4

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis we had to postpone the Bullseye workshops. We are glad to announce that they have been rescheduled as follows:

  • Workshop 2: second line responders (27-29 October 2021, Bratislava)
  • Workshop 3: third line responders (15-17 December 2021, Madrid)
  • Workshop 4: multi-agency workshop (first quarter 2022, Brussels)

Next stop… Bratislava !
Next week we will be in Bratislava for our second workshop.

Third Project Steering Group Meeting (Bratislava, 8-9 September 2021)

September 8th-9th, the third Project Steering Group Meeting took place in Bratislava, on the premises of the Police Academy. The Steering Group looked back at the past years, evaluated the project’s activities of 2020 and 2021 and developed a new timeline due to the COVID19.

The related Terrific EU project provided the opportunity to attend an interesting part of their field exercise ‘Magic Bus’. Further gave the Slovak K9 an impressive demo with their great German shepherd dogs.

The Steering Group wants to thank the Bratislava Police Academy and the Lynx Command for their generosity to host us for this meeting.

First Responder Procedure

During Bullseye’s first workshop, a procedure was developed with the purpose to provide the most efficient, effective and coordinated first response at the scene of any incident where chemical or biological materials may have been released, either deliberately or accidentally. The overall aim is to save life and minimize the impact of the incident on people, property, the community and the environment by enabling the first responders to work together quickly and efficiently whilst avoiding any unnecessary risks.

The procedure is intended for use by first responders from the various emergency services that have statutory responsibility for dealing with such incidents. First responders from other agencies may also be trained in this procedure to support and assist the response by the statutory emergency services (such as stewards at a public event or security guards at shopping malls).

The procedure is intended for use in the first 20 minutes of an incident so that first responders can complete a series of tactical actions and considerations to ensure that a structured, predictable and effective initial response is delivered at the scene while the emergency services are establishing the command, control and coordination of their agencies’ response.

The procedure assumes no other CBRNe training, knowledge or access to CBRNe personal protective equipment (PPE). Where first responders have any PPE it should be used in accordance with the training provided by their own agency and the manufacturer’s instructions.

The five stages of the first response procedure can be summarised as:

  1. Recognise the possible presence and risk of hazardous materials
  2. Remember to prioritise your personal safety
  3. Report on the situation immediately
  4. Respond using the ‘Steps 1 2 3 Plus’ principles
  5. Remove the people from the hazard and the hazard from the people

Postponed: Workshops 2, 3 and 4

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Bullseye workshops that were rescheduled to autumn 2020 are postponed again. It concerns:

  • Workshop 2: second line responders (15-18 September, Bratislava)
  • Workshop 3: third line responders (20-23 October, Madrid)
  • Workshop 4: multi-agency workshop (17-20 November, Brussels)

New dates are not yet available. 

We thank you for your understanding and wish you a healthy and safe summer.

SEREN4 Online Training for Stakeholders and NCPs: Bullseye presentation

On the 8th of June 2020, SEREN4 hosted an online training session on the Internal Security Fund (ISF). The Internal Security Fund (ISF) was set up for the period 2014-2020, with a total of 3.8 billion EUR for the seven years. The Fund promotes the implementation of the Internal Security Strategy, law enforcement cooperation and the management of the Union’s external borders. The ISF is composed of two instruments, ISF Borders and Visa and ISF Police.

Over 100 people subscribed to attend the training. Bullseye, being funded by the ISF Police instrument, was invited to present the project and share its experiences in cooperating with projects funded by H2020. Ilse Van Mechelen, Bullseye’s project coordinator, presented the project’s facts, aims and partners. Furthermore, she highlighted the synergies with other projects, such as MELODY, eNOTICE, PRINCE, CBRN POL, ENCIRCLE and PROACTIVE.

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