11 - 12 November, 2019
Mövenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

LIVE EXERCISE DAY - WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2019

9:00 am - 9:00 am FRANCO-SWISS LIVE JOINT RESPONSE TO A SIMULATED MAJOR CBRN INCIDENT

In recent years, the threat of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) attacks has increased. The full potential of these CBRN threats is often difficult to predict and can be affected by a variety of independent factors, including the flow of goods, people and even weather conditions - making it difficult to determine the character or origin of the threat and its potential consequences.

An effective CBRN response, therefore, requires significant planning and preparation across the detection, response and recovery phases of an incident. The combination of multiple response units working coherently together is a critical component needed to resolve any future CBRN threat.

In response to this challenging reality, the Republic of Canton and Geneva invite CBRN 2019 attendees the opportunity to observe a live multi-national joint CBRN Incident Response Exercise, taking place in Geneva on 13th November 2019. Please note, timings will be confirmed at a later date.

THE SCENARIO:

A freight train transporting a hazardous toxic substance has been sabotaged. The explosion happens at a central Geneva train station near the main stadium. The explosion causes an unknown material to start leaking out of the wagon, creating a toxic cloud which threatens to engulf the surrounding populated areas. Emergency units respond within minutes.

THE RESPONSE:

The major-incident command centre springs into action to direct and coordinate the response to the incident. First responders soon realise the seriousness of the situation and a high priority CBRN emergency is declared. Local units could soon be overwhelmed. Swiss Federal units are requested to respond. Specialist CBRN teams from the neighbouring French firefighting units are alerted and prepare to respond immediately.

Highly specialised CBRN units and teams of first responders from Swiss local and federal government, as well as neighbouring French units respond to contain the incident, evacuate casualties and begin de-contamination activities.