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Hazardous substances – CBRN

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In the field of hazardous substances the MSB works with the further development of preparedness for nuclear energy emergencies, oil spill combating, and the emergency response to chemical emergencies.
Also covered here are wider subjects, such as coordination in the CBRN field, and cooperation between Swedish authorities who in various ways work with hazardous substances.
MSB experts contribute with their specific subject knowledge in connection with exercises, training courses, and research conducted under the auspices of the MSB. Expert knowledge is vital for the MSB, not least when executing various types of operations and assignments both domestically and overseas.  
The objective for this work is primarily to develop societal capacity for the handling of incidents involving CBRN; this is achieved partially by developing the operational capacities of the relevant societal entities, and partially by strengthening capacities at the regional and national levels for those emergencies that require greater resources and operations than the aforementioned societal entities can usually handle based on their local threat and risk situation.
Experts and resources, developed to deal with major incidents in Sweden, can also contribute to EU and other international preparedness.  


The following resources exist today:

  • Chemical Unit: emergency response in chemical environments.
  • Decontamination Unit: decontamination of first responders and also lifesaving decontamination of victims following an incident.
  • Detection Unit: identification and analysis of unknown substances at an incident site.
  • Chemical coordinators: support municipal work in their region by planning and preventing incidents involving hazardous substances – but they do not do operative work.
  • Oil Combating Depots: provide support to any municipality hit by a serious oil spill on its coastal shoreline and on the major lakes. Support resources consist of equipment and personnel.
Published: 2009-11-26 kl. 22:43
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Michael Wermelin