CBRN incident response functionCBRN incident response function (including the national radiation network: also see the “Nationaal Meetnet Radioactiviteit form)

Contact details:

Cobi de Boer
Postbus 1, Bilthoven

The CBRN response function has a unique role in protecting the safety of citizens in the Netherlands. The CBRN response function consists of several complex monitoring and modelling equipment necessary to be able to respond fast and adequately to incidents. This RIVM facility offers central and local government support during large scale incidents such as nuclear accidents, terrorist attacks fires with chemical substances and incidents with drinking water. The CBRN incident response function cooperates closely with the LLN-ta (Landelijk Netwerk Terreuraanslagen) and the CETs (CrisisExpertTeam Straling en Milieu/Drinkwater)

The CBRN incident response function consist of:
1) A radionuclide laboratory
2) An ICT system consisting of a incident network (CALWEB/CALNET), a decision support system and models for source-risk analysis
3) The national radioactivity network
4) A fleet of measuring and intervention trucks and mobile laboratories
The following services are provided
• Signaling the level and developments of radioactivity during incidents and to assess the impact on public health
• Identification of released chemical, radiological and biological agents
• Monitor the spread of dangerous substances
• To map radiation levels or chemical contamination after radiological or chemical incidents
• To determine the exposure and to assess the possible risk for the citizens of the environment
• To provide information and advice to the (local) authorities during crisis and to help develop measures to protect society

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