Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense and explosives pose real world threats to the environment and CBRNE responders that are exposed to threatening situations. CBRNE incidents are treated under the assumption that they are deliberate, malicious acts with the intention to kill, sicken, and disrupt society. CBRNE incidents are large in scope and present extremely dangerous circumstances where one or more CBRNE hazards are present. Law enforcement, public safety personnel, homeland security specialists, and select private sector corporations that are called upon to handle, control, or contain potentially critical incidents require extensive training to understand, measure, limit proliferation, maintain responder safety, and limit exposure to CBRNE agents.
What Does a CBRNE Incident Smell Like?
It is critical to engage personnel in live immersive training that recreates detailed nuances that affect human mind and body reactions. Introducing foul smells often associated with CBRNE training triggers the olfactory system to store and recognize that odor in the future. Once exposed to a simulated odor, technicians that perform in real life hazardous conditions will have a significant advantage in detecting potentially toxic or noxious odors using a “familiar” warning signal to avoid physical harm.
Odors, Malodors and Atmospheric Effects
SensoryCo technologies, including aroma generators as well as systems that simulate vapors and smoke, provide training support for the delivery of CBRNE disaster-specific programs. SensoryCo has a complete library of replicated harmful and lethal malodors that imitate chemical, biological, and explosive situations. These simulated smells may mimic chemical agents such as mustard gas, phosgene, tabun, smells involved in the manufacture of explosives or trauma odors found in medical emergencies. In addition, vapor and smoke systems can mimic gaseous releases or create whiteout conditions which can represent unforeseen issues in an actual field event.
Examples of atmospheric effects used for CBRNE training include:
Smells: ammonia, nitric acid, IED manufacturing, lewisite, mustard gas, decaying flesh, blood.
Smoke effects: laboratory vapors, car bomb, smoldering café, dense tunnel smoke.
Sprays and vapors: low lying vapors, leaking pipes, de-contamination, chemical spray, WMD gas release.
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