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.

More information:

PROACTIVE Webinar on Covid-19 response: Bullseye presentation

The European research project PROACTIVE (Preparedness against CBRNE threats through common approaches between security practitioners and the vulnerable civil society) hosted a webinar dedicated to the Covid-19 crisis on 30 April 2020. The webinar aimed to share and discuss ongoing responses against Covid-19. 84 participants from 23 different countries attended the online event.

The Bullseye project was invited to present the project during this webinar. Eulalie Groosman (National Crisis Center) introduced the project’s aim and activities, followed by an update on how the project work is affected by the current crisis. The main point was that the three workshops which were planned between April and September 2020 have been postponed to the end of the year because of the current travel restrictions.

Read more about the webinar and the other presentations on the UIC website.

Participants attending the webinar. Photo credit: PROACTIVE ( https://proactive-h2020.eu/).

Bullseye Workshop for First Line Responders (Warsaw, 19-21 February 2020)

From 19 until 21 February, 45 CBRNe experts and first responders gathered in Warsaw for the Bullseye Workshop for First-Line Responders. Police, emergency medical services and firefighters from Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Spain were present.

Starting from the findings of Bullseye’s gap analysis, the first responders discussed their own good practices and needs for the response to a chemical or biological attack. Furthermore, experts gave valuable insights from their real-life experiences with terrorism and CBRNe and there was a demonstration of personal protective equipment and detection equipment.

Based on two tabletop exercises, the international group drafted guidelines for a CBRNe attack. They focused on the first actions that police, emergency medical services, firefighters and civil protection can take in the response to a chemical or biological attack in order to save lives and protect themselves.

Second Bullseye Project Steering Group Meeting (21-22 January 2020)

January 21-22th, the second Project Steering Group Meeting took place in Madrid, on the premises of the Spanish Consortium Member INTA. During the meeting, the Steering Group looked back at the past year and evaluated the projectโ€™s activities of 2019. They took the opportunity to fine-tune the planning for 2020 as well.

The Steering Group wants to thank INTA for their generosity to host us for this meeting.

Picture: Bullseye Project Steering Group with general Ortega, director general of INTA.

Save the date(s) โ€“ 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
10/05/2020 –
14/05/2020
Workshop 3: 3rd line practitioners DVI/forensics and  laboratories Spain
14/09/2020 โ€“
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.