Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:56
Anti-terror training center officially opened
Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice yesterday officially opened the National Training Center CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear). In this center rescue workers can train for situations such as a derailed train full of poison gas, chemicals in a plane or a nuclear attack in a shopping mall. Both ministers hope that the training center will enhance civil-military cooperation. The center is located at the Van Brederode Barracks in Vught. The two hectare complex includes a hotel, an airplane cabin, a post office and restaurants. There is even a barn, including a cannabis plantation. There are extensive opportunities to create odor, color, haze, smoke and fog. Everything was done to make training as realistic as possible. The showpiece of the training area is the subway station. This area is completely darkened, can be made 32 degrees warmer than outside, and gas can be used to simulate, for example, a terrorist attack. The CBRN Response Unit was involved in the mustard gas incident in Ede and the fire at Chemipack in Moerdijk, but this type of incident is relatively rare. "But the very fact that we have little disasters, forces us to train thoroughly." Says Minister Opstelten. "It is necessary to prepare ourselves properly for incidents, attacks or disasters. Such situations call for craftsmanship. For routine. For people who know how to act when there is much at stake."
Strakke demo snelle interventie en CBRN follow up bij Ntc Vught pic.twitter.com/gITZfbfEj1— Paul Gelton (@pgelton) November 27, 2014