Czech chemists warn neighbouring countries about the dangers of using weapons of mass destruction

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

The two-day 'Exchange Event 2015 Exercise' held on 25th and 26th November was focused on improving interoperability and exchange of information among the national chemical centres of seven nations.

The exercise, which was conceived by the Polish team, was carried out by the national units of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia (The Visegrad V4 countries), Bulgaria, Italy and Romania from their home-based Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) monitoring centres using the computer assisted exercise procedure (CAX).

"The main emphasis was placed on ensuring the prompt exchange of information and forewarning regarding, for example, the spread of a toxic agent in one country which could then be dispersed across borders, therefore posing a threat to the neighbouring populations," explained Colonel Jaroslav Bartos, Commander of the Czech 314th CBRN Centre.

In a typical day, a national centre uses specialised measuring probes for monitoring potentially dangerous agents, evaluates ongoing situations and, upon detection of a possible threat, will inform their counterparts in the surrounding countries.

By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

December 2, 2015