Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRN defense or CBRND) isn’t a topic most of us think about. CBRND refers to passive protection, contamination avoidance, and CBRN mitigation. The idea of anyone using these types of weapons is truly frightening, however, not being prepared is much more tragic. It is crucial that we have first responders actively training for these types of emergencies because the more repeated exposure to simulated hazards of these dangerous situations, the better prepared these responders can be. SensoryCo provides scents, vapor systems, and additional sensory effects for CBRN defense training.
CBRN situations are treated as a mass crisis situation, and responded to as if they are deliberate acts to kill, sicken or tragically affect society. Knowing how to react and what steps to take in the midst of a CBRN emergency is vital. But for most of us, we would be overwhelmed by the immediate sensory assault – vision-impairing smoke, nauseating smells, toxic chemicals, and more. In order for first responders to quickly make important decisions about rescue and containment, they cannot be distracted by the sensory attacks.
Research shows that repetitive practice in hazardous situations trains our brains to be desensitized to what we become familiar with, creating a more instinctive, less stressed response. CBRN training facilities create chaotic practice situations with sensory effects to give first responders preparation in lifelike emergency situations.
A CBRN incident may cause a range of noxious smells and SensoryCo provides non-toxic, but realistic scents for training including: blood, nitric acid, mustard gas, decaying flesh, burning electrical, ammonia, lewisite, and various smells related to IED manufacturing. SensoryCo also provides smoke effects to simulate situations such as a smoldering building, laboratory vapors, dense tunnel smoke, a car bomb and more. Explosions and other attacks can cause additional sensory assaults as well, and first responders practice with SensoryCo spraymotion effects simulating leaking pipes, low lying vapors, chemical sprays, WMD gas release, or de-contamination.
CBRN training is a Homeland Security issue and crosses all disciplines – military, law enforcement, and firefighters – and all levels of government. First responders need to be ready to react, and make quick, important decisions. Repetitive training allows emergency crews to ignore the sensory assaults and focus on the other priorities brought on by the incident. SensoryCo works with a variety of companies to provide custom sensory effects for CBRN defense training and preparation. If your company is interested in training effects tailored for your needs, contact SensoryCo. Our first responders deserve the best training possible to keep all of us, and themselves, safe.