Hotzone Solutions’s Mission
Our mission is to enable first responders to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the full spectrum of CBRNE threats. These threats include industrial accidents, acts of domestic and international terrorism involving: chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) materials.
How We Structure Our Training
Our training is structured to cater to five different levels of responders:
- Individual (Awareness)
- Individual (Advanced)
- Collective (Response Team Member)
- Collective (Response Team Leader)
At each level there is a variety of courses to suit the needs of participants enabling them to operate effectively. Our Individual (Awareness) Level courses involve a balance of practical and theoretical based training. Beyond this, training at the Individual (Advanced) Level and the Collective Levels can be focused on specific/tailored to role requirements up to and including work with live chemical agents, biological and radioactive materials.
Command level courses are aimed at those in or likely to be in command level positions and the objectives are developed to enable a commander to control a CBRNE incident.
Live Agent Training (LAT)
LAT with real chemical warfare agents was very much the beginning of HZS training capabilities, it still remains today as the very core of our training operations. It sets us apart from other CBRN training providers and has grown to include the areas of live pathogens (non-aerosolised) and radiological emitters (open and closed). Our LAT can also include toxic materials found in the environment as a result of accidents, natural disasters, misuse, criminal activities or as remnants of war.
LAT can be conducted on either an individual or collective basis following our standard course objectives or tailored to meet your own. As part of a wider training strategy, LAT is generally regarded as the only way to fully prepare personnel for operations, stress levels, decision-making capabilities and work rates all show improvement after the completion of Live Agent Training.
Accepted Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL’s) provide the basis of our safety system. This is applied in such a way that at 1 metre from the contaminated surface the concentration of CW agent (airborne) is less than a Short Term Exposure Level (STEL) for the most volatile agents. Actual vapour levels have been confirmed through air sampling and analysis campaigns conducted seasonally to take into account environmental variations. In addition, we always control the what, where and how much therefore allowing us to fully manage the risks. In combination with highly effective protective clothing and respirators these steps form the essential elements of our safety strategy.
Our Location Training
Within HZS we recognise the benefits afforded by hosting training / courses at your own location. On-site training is best suited for mainly theoretical type training, equipment training or procedural development training. However we do also strongly believe that training, within a scenario setting, should be conducted wherever possible local to an organisations area of operations, this allows for unique to factors unique to the area and the organisation to be exercised. On-site training can be further enhanced using our unique CWA simulants and Radiation training kits by adding realism to detector user training or team based scenario training.
Training On WMD Disamament Regimes And technologies
Hotzone Solutions is also in the position to provide training in the areas of disarmament of Weapons of Mass Destruction; this can include disarmament treaties and regimes, open source case studies of WMD destruction operations and destruction technologies
Hotzone Solutions Training Centre Belgium (HZSTC)
The HZSTC in Belgium offers a wide range of courses from the HZS Training Catalogue, which can be either run as listed or adapted to suit any specific requirements of the participants. This facility has the capability of conducting large or small training courses focusing on CBRNE and has a ready supply of
protection, detection and decontamination equipment on-hand, if required for training courses. Any training conducted at the facility utilises the full range of HZS simulants.
The CBRNE Training Centre is equipped and staffed with a view to provide basic to advanced courses (including academic) for professionals at all levels, belonging to various first responders groups such as police, fire-fighters, emergency medical services, military personnel, EOD experts, and other groups.
The infrastructure allows not only for individual training, but also for scenario-driven training, including illicit laboratories, mailrooms, shops, and many more. The HZSTC occupies an area of 8,200 m2 including a large open outdoor training area, multimedia training rooms, and a fully equipped conference room with a seating capacity of up to 220 people.
This facility also hosts the International CBRNE Institute (ICI), an International Non-Profit Organisation.
Courses are based on recognised objectives from civilian and military standards but can of course be adapted to suit your specific requirements.
HOTZONESOLUTIONS TRAINING FACILITY BELGIUM
Hotzone Solutions has its own training facility in Belgium which is located in Les Bons Villiers, to the north of the city of Charleroi, Belgium. At this custom built facility we are able to conduct a number of the training courses listed in this catalogue. This facility also hosts the International CBRNE Institute (ICI), an International Non-Profit Organisation.
VINČA INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR SCIENCES, BELGRADE, SERBIA
Located on the outskirts of Belgrade ‘Vinča’ is a governmental organisation that specialises in physics, chemistry, biology, power engineering and technology, radiation and environmental protection, accelerator science, and materials science. Through cooperation with Vinča Hotzone Solutions is able to conduct CBRNE training and testing with live agents, in both the outside and inside environment using purpose built facilities.
Through a cooperative arrangement with the Military Research Institute (VVU), Hotzone Solutions instructors can deliver all courses using live Sarin (GB), VX, Sulphur Mustard (HD) and Lewisite (L), with site support provided by local personnel. Located near Vyškov approximately 220 kilometres from Prague in the Czech Republic, VVU provides access to a world class Field Live Chemical Agent Testing and Training Facility (FLCATF) built on the international CBRN reputation of the Czech Republic.
Through a cooperative arrangement with the National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection (Sújchbo v.v.i.), Hotzone Solutions instructors are able to offer modern lecture theatres and exercise facilities designed for the safe and effective use of live agents. Located near Příbram, approximately 60 kilometres from Prague, the Sújchbo is primarily involved in applied research and the development of practical tools for radiological protection and for protection against chemical and biological weapons.
SEIBER SDORFLABORATORIES GMBH, AUSTRIA
Through a cooperative arrangement with Seibersdorf Laboratories Hotzone Solutions is able to offer a wide range of training courses in the fields of radiation protection, laser and optical radiation, electromagnetic fields as well as civil defence and disaster control. Seibersdorf is located 35 kilometres southeast of Vienna and hosts the Seibersdorf Academy, Austria’s largest radiation training facility.
CHERNOBYL CENTER, UKRAINE
Hotzone Solutions provides realistic training in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for first responders, military personnel, security services, and all those who might potentially work in hazardous and radioactively contaminated environments in partnership with the Chernobyl Centre. This zone, established in 1986 days after the accident in Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant (ChNPP), with a radius of 30 kilometres, offers a wide variety of training, testing and research possibilities. The radionuclides that can be found in the exclusion zone are mainly Cs137 (Caesium 137) and Sr90 (Strontium 90).
ZWENTENDORF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, ZWENTENDORF AND ERDONAU, AUSTRIA
Through a cooperative arrangement with the Austrian energy company EVN Group, Hotzone Solutions is able to provide training for security and operational staff at the Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant. This power plant was the first nuclear plant built in Austria, which was finished, but never operated. Construction of the plant began in April 1972, as a boiling-water reactor rated at 692 megawatts electric power output.
Examples Of International Standards
- NFPA 472, NFPA 473
- EU EDA Competencies of CBRN EOD operators
- EU EDA Competencies of CBRN Incident commanders and EOD staff planners
- EU NBC EOD Policy, 2006
- EU Minimum Standards of Proficiency for Education and Training for CBRN and EOD specialists, 2008
- Non Destructive Testing SNT-TC-1A, NAS 410, EN4179, EN 473 and ISO 9712
- NATO SIBCRA standards
- NATO CBRN STANAGS