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CBRN - transborder safety and cooperation - part 2

The activities undertaken through this project were aimed at limiting the effects of events involving chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear hazards (CBRN). The project set out to develop an efficient response system for the services responsible for providing assistance to the victims of the aforementioned threats, in particular in situations that call for decontamination. The assumption adopted was that the creation of the first decontamination system would improve the effectiveness of any future rescue operations undertaken in the Lviv Oblast.

Adequate re-equipping and training of the Ukrainian emergency services was expected to affect changes in the operation of the Fire Service in Ukraine. The strengthening of the Lviv Oblast emergency services’ institutional capacity can be expected to increase the sense of security of local residents and of tourists. In addition, once established, the first decontamination system in the Lviv Oblast will secure over 260 kilometres of the border with Poland in the event of disasters or other threats. The project provided for the drafting of a synopsis of the guidelines for decontamination to be rolled out throughout the country, which the beneficiary would be able to present to the government in Kyiv upon completion of the project.

CBRN - transborder safety and cooperation - part 2

The project provided for the following measures:

  • preliminary training in decontamination: a 20-person group of rescue workers from the Lviv Oblast would participate in a series of specialist training courses on the organisational principles and tactics of mass decontamination, which would also include medical and psychological first-aid assistance for the injured and their relatives. This would ensure that the Lviv Oblast emergency services would be prepared for mass decontamination in the event of any CBRN threat;
  • procurement and delivery of the required decontamination equipment. The purchased equipment would be transferred to the Oblast Headquarters of the Fire Service in Lviv. The equipment would serve the rescue workers trained in Poland as operational equipment and a teaching aid;
  • the main training course with harmonising exercises, i.e. we would conduct a series of exercises that combine the knowledge gained during the last three years with the ability to handle the previously transferred equipment;
  • the final draft of the principles for the guideline document and the wrap-up seminar: a group of experts consisting of Polish specialists and the individuals responsible for the functioning of the security system in the Lviv Oblast would draft the final principles for the decontamination guideline document, which our Ukrainian partners will be able to present to the government in Kyiv for future rollout in the entire country. This would be followed by a seminar aimed at the services vested with the responsibility for emergency response.

CBRN - transborder safety and cooperation - part 2

The strengthening of the institutional capacity of the Lviv Oblast rescue services increased the sense of security among the inhabitants of the region as well as tourists. Moreover, the establishment of the first-ever decontamination system in the Lviv Oblast has secured over 260 kilometres of Ukraine’s border with Poland in the event of disasters or other threats. The project also enabled the development of the key principles for the decontamination guideline document, which is to be presented to the government in Kyiv and rolled out on a national basis.