Training for special conditions: CBRN and EOD team missions

According to the CBRN Defence Standards for Education, Training and Evaluation, ATP-3.8.1,  CBRN devices, CBRN training for special conditions, apart from climatic conditions, involves operations led by EOD (explosive ordnance devices) team missions. It was stressed that improvised explosive devices, regardless of their manufactured or improved nature, constitute a realistic and permanent threat to NATO-led operations, deployment forces and nearby civilian populations. In the context of cooperation, each participating nation must have a clear and common understanding of how to command as well as execute CBRN and EOD tasks. In such conditions the mutual goal of minimizing or eliminating the threat from CBRN devices and weapons can be achieved. Disposal of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear EO (CBRN EO) is an EOD task that requires special training according to STANAG 2389 “Minimum Standards of Proficiency for Trained Explosive Ordnance Disposal Personnel”. As a rule, CBRN and EOD activities are complex in nature and require very high levels of co-ordination by all parties involved in the tasks. Such activities typically require special assignment and safety regulations, additional regulations, additional education, training and equipment. It can be noted that the application of new technologies can help in achieving high readiness of the specialists. New technologies may be viable for prototyping of new sensors and ways of their use.

Annex 3A to the CBRN Defence Standards for Education, Training and Evaluation, ATP-3.8.1, chapter covers minimum standards of proficiency in EOD education and training for CBRN specialists while annex 3B provides minimum standards of proficiency in CBRN education and training for EOD specialists.