Exercise Forms

In the ATP-3.8.1 Vol III[i], the CBRN defence can be incorporated into all types of exercises. They can be conducted on both national and multi-national levels. The exercises can be classified as ‘non-specific’ and ‘specific’.

In non-specific exercises,rehearsing specific CBRN defence elements is not a primary focus. These exercises take two forms:

a. Command Post Exercises (CPXs). CPXs can be structured to provide commanders, staff (including specialist CBRN defence staff), and communicators with practice in CBRN defence. Such exercises can be pre-scripted or free-play (dynamic scripted).

b. Live Exercises (LIVEXs). During LIVEXs events, opportunities to exercise CBRN defence objectives may be limited.

In ‘specific training exercises’, some key (specific) elements of CBRN defence are rehearsed. However, such training is unlikely to take place in full isolation as command decisions will be necessary and participation by other trainees may be required (e.g. use of casualty simulation). These types of exercises include:

  • warning and reporting exercises,
  • CBRN defence specialist troop exercises,
  • COLPRO (Collective Protection) exercises,
  • medical exercises,
  • simulation.

The EU-SENSE project assumes the realisation of training and demonstration activities in realistic conditions – at a professional firefighters training centre (of the Main School of Fire Service – SGSP) in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki. This specific exercise will rely on a simulation with a pre-scripted scenario and involve different types of CBRN practitioners, mainly first responders and commanders.


[i] ATP-3.8.1 Vol III https://standards.globalspec.com/std/1560093/ATP-3.8.1%20VOL%20III

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