Main project objective:

The ERDF grant allows for endowment of emergency response units from the cross-border area in a coordinated and integrated approach by providing along with the needed funding, also the platform for strong interconnection between organizations from different sides of the border, which set the stage for high-quality collaboration that, ensures achievement of project strategic objective in a relatively short period.

Expected results:

The project will provide the specialized CBRNe intervention units from the cross-border area with state-of-art equipment for detection of hazardous materials, along with means for rapid deployment and efficient containment.

The project places a strong focus on providing interoperability at all levels between CBRNe response units from both sides of the border, leading to a partnership providing protection of the entire cross-border area.

Fully integrated regional CBRNe response force, capable to deal with technological emergencies and threats, at level of EU standards and requirements, comprising of:

Mobile Units for specialized radiation and chemical search

This is a highly specialized tool used by first-responders to high complexity CBRNe events, for rapid identification of presence and type of hazardous materials at the site. The configuration of the unit is derived from actual type and preponderancy of real CBRNe events encountered in the cross-border area and from CBNRe risk analysis regularly done by specialized governmental structures. The unit comprises of specific instrumentation that range from remote controlled intervention robot with radiologic and chemical sensors platform; X Ray scanning system; spectrometric systems for detection of toxic chemical materials; equipment for radiological and nuclear detection, to explosive devices handling systems, personnel protection and decontamination devices and communication.

Mobile Units for special CBRNe pyrotechnic intervention – 4 pcs

The units are dedicated for small-scale CBRNe interventions within the cross-border area, and is equiped with essential devices needed for taking control in interventions when CBRN associated high-yield explosives are present. The unit integrates equipment for rapid detection and characterization of hazardous chemical-biological – nuclear material, as well as communication needed for reliable reporting and cordination of intervention.

Mobile Units for secure transport of chemical-biological-radioactive samples

In case of CBRNe events, the special police intervention forces are the only structures within the national emergency response system, that have the authority and competency to procure, collect and transportat CBRNe samples from the site, for establishement of event responsibilities. The mobile unit is designed to serve for transport to certified laboratories of samples collected by CBRNe special intervention teams from entire cross-border area. The mobile unit is equipped with means that ensure public safety conditions during the transport, avoidance of samples deterioration or cross-contamination, and also security of transported materials to external factors.

All these units will be equally distibuted to Romanian and Bulgarian CBRNe teams.

Certified laboratory

CBRN will maintain a (formalized) a partnership with the new created “RENFLAB” Partner Laboratory, from NIMP, which will involve critical scientific capabilities and expertise and provide the necessary confidentiality and security to support examinations involving hazardous materials. Working with this Partner Laboratory, CBRNe will also participate in the research and development of new technologies to address capability gaps, and will collaborate with experts in defining best practices for the forensic analyses of CBRNe materials.

In the frame of JEROME project, RENFLAB will be equiped with particle size analyzer used to determine the size of potential dangerous particle from solid, liquid or gaseous samples. The accurate particles’ size determination is an important parameter needed to predict the environmental spreading of a possible contaminant, its risks for inhalation/ingestion and also to evaluate its possible origin and to predict its chemical degradation rate, or to offer containment solutions.

X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer. This provides a quick and accurate method to determine the elemental content and concentration of a sample. It is especially efficient because it does not depend of the chemical state of the atom, thus sensing potential toxic elements even if they are included in molecules or inside hard structures like metals or ceramics. Therefore it is possible to detect traces of potential contaminants even when embedded in environmental structures like building materials or soils.